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Older people's understanding of cumulative risks when provided with annual stroke risk information

Fuller, Richard, Dudley, Nigel and Blacktop, Jon (2004) Older people's understanding of cumulative risks when provided with annual stroke risk information. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 80 (949). pp. 677-678. ISSN 0032-5473

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    Abstract

    Understanding how cumulative health risks increase over time constitutes an important part of decision
    making about treatment risks and benefits. In this study, wide ranging perceptions of cumulative risk led to
    significant overestimation and underestimation of risks over time. Time has shown to significantly impact
    on the personal interpretation of cumulative risk information by patients, with many subjects struggling to
    understand the concept of cumulative risks. This suggests that a careful explanation of the effect of
    cumulative risk over time to patients should contribute to more effective decision making.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Catherine Parker
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008 10:36
    Last Modified: 04 Jan 2011 13:27
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1161

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