Doctors and scientists must be able to communicate degree of risk

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7037.1037c (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1037
  1. John Harrison
  1. Senior lecturer in occupational medicine Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR,—The handling of the issue of bovine spongiform encephalopathy1 is an example of the consequences of poor communication about risk. Risk management and the communication of risk are not new, and it is disappointing that the principles of the communication of risk have not been applied. The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has published a set of rules and guidelines, most of which seem to have …

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