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Communicating risk in human terms – The Ethics Blog (Pär Segerdahl | October 2017)

Published/Released on October 04, 2017 | Posted by Admin on November 26, 2017 / , , , , , , , , ,
 


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The concept of risk used in genetics is a technical term. For the specialist, risk is the probability of an undesired event, for example, that an individual develops some form of cancer. Risk is usually stated as a percentage.

This discussion piece raises an important issue for describing risk to participants across all (sub)disciplines. Talking in percentages is unlikely to be meaningful to most potential participants.

It is well known that patients have difficulties to access the probability notion of risk. What do their difficulties mean?
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Technical notions, which experts use in their specialist fields, usually have high status. The attitude is: this is what risk really is. Based on such an attitude, people’s difficulties mean: they have difficulties to understand risk. Therefore, we have to help them understand, by using educational tools that explain to them what we mean (we who know what risk is).
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