Evidence-backed strategies to communicate the nature and intensity of risks in medicine are warranted to improve audiences
Thesis Statement: Evidence-backed strategies to communicate the nature and intensity of risks
in medicine are warranted to improve audiences’ quality of understanding.
Evidence-Based Communication Strategies
I. Use of Visual Illustrations
A. overcome the barriers of numerical literacy
B. Pictorials are more precise than numerical data, a factor that enhances both their
visibility and audiences’ cognition of risk messages.
II. The use of absolute risk as opposed to relative risk
A. The message is clear and avoids complacencies associated with a statistical
comparison of alternatives
III. Utilizing narratives in relaying information as opposed to statistical data
A. The use of such probabilistic phrases as likely, more likely, and extremely likely
can be used to emphasize the level of risk and spur a response from the recipient
|The final paper must contain at least 11 references about the topic. At least 8 must be articles published in peer-reviewed publications; 3 can be online articles, websites, book chapters, or other resources. The report is to be typed (12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced) and between 1200-1400 words in length. The report will include a cover sheet and bibliography. Students should make certain that they proof-read their work and run spell check.