Communicating Risk in Health Information (London) - Tues 26 Jan 2016

We were delighted to hold a 1 day event on 'Communicating Risk in Health Information' on Tuesday 26 January 2016,  in London.

Risks and statistics are an essential part of patient information.  What is a person’s risk of developing a particular condition in their lifetime, or of having a certain symptom? What is the chance of a treatment or procedure working? What are the risks of getting different side-effects? And can people change these risk factors?

However, many patients are unable to comprehend basic statistics, never mind navigate their way through the reams of data that may come with health information comparing treatment options. As information and support professionals, our job is to make sure we can guide patients through the minefield of data and figures to help them feel confident in making their own decisions.

Presentations from the event can be found below:

Health risks of low health literacy (Janet Solla, Director, Community Health & Leaning Foundation) 

Communicating risk and informed consent  (Dr Nick Carty, Salisbury District Hospital)

Factors influencing the perception of side-effect risk information  (Peter Gardner, Head of School of Psychology, University of Leeds)

Using data visualisation to explain risks  (Eluned Hughes, Breast Cancer Now) 

Communicating risks, harms and benefits in a balanced way (David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge)

Developing a risk communication for bowel cancer screening (Sam Smith, Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cancer Prevention, Queen Mary University of London, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine)

How NAM talks about risk in patient information  (Roger Pebody, Editor, NAM)

PIF’s best practice guidance in communicating risk (Claire Murray, Joint Head of Operations, PIF) 

One our delegates has also created a Storify of the event, tweets and excerpts from the presentations.


If you have any queries about this event please contact

The PIF Team


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