Improving Physician Communication About Treatment Decisions – Reconsideration of “Risks vs Benefits”

JAMA
September 8, 2020, Vol 324, No. 10, Pages 919-1016
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/currentissue

 

Improving Physician Communication About Treatment Decisions – Reconsideration of “Risks vs Benefits”
Daniel J. Morgan, MD; Laura D. Scherer, PhD; Deborah Korenstein, MD
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JAMA. 2020;324(10):937-938. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0354
This Viewpoint emphasizes the importance of precise language to help patients make evidence-informed decisions in shared decision-making, and argues that references to “chances of harms and benefits” will be more understandable to patients than discussions of “probabilities of risks and benefits.”
Conversations with Dr Bauchner: Changing Language to Improve Physician Communication About Treatment Decisions