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Risk assessment is open to public interpretation

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:315
  1. Kirsty Licence, specialist registrar in public health medicine,
  2. Cameron Stark, consultant in public health medicine
  1. Highland Health Board, Inverness IV2 3HG

    EDITOR—Sarah Darby says that the media should work harder to convey clear information on risks to the public, and that psychologists should work to identify why people worry about risks that seem statistically small.1 Although she endorses public debate, the main role of the public seems to be to receive scientific wisdom, on the basis of which it is assumed that a rational decision will be made. Her focus on clear information is welcome, but the overall position …

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