Perils, Pitfalls, and Possibilities in Talking About Medical Risk,
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am
Perils, Pitfalls, and Possibilities in Talking About Medical Risk: " Virtually every course of medical action is associated with some adverse risk to the patient. Discussing these risks with patients is a fundamental duty of physicians both to fulfill a role as trusted adviser and to promote the ethical principle of autonomy. Discussing medical risk is a difficult task to accomplish appropriately." This article is a great guide for doctors, to help them discuss the risks of medical treatment with their patients. He discusses the 5 key dimensions of risk. 1. What Are the Unwanted Outcomes ( risks) ? 2. How Permanent Is the Unwanted Outcome? ( risk) ? 3. When Will the Unwanted Outcome Occur? 4. How Likely Is the Unwanted Outcome? 5. How Much Does the Unwanted Outcome Matter to the Patient?