Helping Patients Understand Risks: 7 Simple Strategies for Successful CommunicationBMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7548.1040-a (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1040
- Domhnall MacAuley, general practitioner ([email protected])
Hands up if you skipped epidemiology and statistics lectures when you were a student. Struggle with maths homework? Still think you have a realistic chance when you buy a lottery ticket? Many doctors are uncomfortable with numbers and, unless you are interested in horse racing, greyhounds, or cards, it is difficult to fully understand risk, chance, and the odds of success. But our patients want to know the likelihood of success in an operation, the benefits …
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