Review: Communication of individualized risk estimates improves uptake of screening procedures: COMMENTARY

Gluckman, Robert A.
March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p44
Academic Journal
The article comments on a study conducted to analyze the effectiveness of communication of individual risk estimates in comparison to general information on risk for improving knowledge about and uptake of screening procedure. The systematic review shows that providing patients with an individualized risk estimate increases the probability that they will participate in a screening program compared with receiving general information on the risks and benefits of screening interventions. Further studies are required to identify optimal methods for informing patients of their individual risks, and benefits from screening interventions.


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