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Communication about risk: diversity among primary care professionals

Edwards, Adrian G. ORCID:, Matthews, E., Pill, R. and Bloor, M. 1998. Communication about risk: diversity among primary care professionals. Family Practice 15 (4) , pp. 296-300. 10.1093/fampra/15.4.296

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify the important clinical topics and to report current practice of communication about risk in primary care. METHODS: We carried out a qualitative study using six semi-structured focus group discussions with primary care professionals. The subjects were 36 primary care professionals from general practice, practice nurse, district nurse, community psychiatric nurse and health visitor disciplines. RESULTS: All clinical topics were felt to raise issues of effective risk communication. Participants expressed concern about the lack of accessible up-to-date information and the problems of conveying information to patients. They described the circumstances and contexts in which communication varies and is difficult, and identified media and medico-legal influences and professional uncertainty as also contributing to the problems of risk communication. Specific training in risk communication was identified as an important need. CONCLUSIONS: The complexity of risk communication and diversity of influences on it will require wide-ranging interventions in order to address them. Standardized communication may be a difficult goal to attain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0263-2136
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:03

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