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Interpreting Health Benefits and Risks

A Practical Guide to Facilitate Doctor-Patient Communication

Authors: Rifkin, Eric, Lazris, Andrew

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  • Provides physicians with an innovative tool designed to facilitate doctor/patient communication: the Risk Characterization Theater
  • Includes tables and charts designed to compare absolute risks from day-to-day activities (e.g., driving, SCUBA diving) to absolute risks and benefits from medical intervention
  • Adds an important and unique dimension to existing efforts to increase meaningful patient-centered care
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About this book

This timely guide to communication in patient-centered medicine argues for greater clarity in explaining health risks versus benefits of an array of screening tests, procedures, and drug regimens. It reviews the growing trend toward patients' involvement in their own care, particularly in terms of chronic conditions, and details approaches physicians can use to prepare patients (and themselves) for collaborative decision-making based on informed choices and clear, meaningful knowledge. Chapters apply this lens to a wide range of common interventions as contentious as estrogen replacement therapy and antibiotics, and as widely prescribed as the daily aspirin and the annual physical. With this goal in mind, the authors also introduce an innovative decision-making tool that translates risks and benefits into a clear graphic format for fewer chances of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

Among the topics covered:

  • Involving the patient in decision making.
  • Towards a universal decision aid.
  • BRCT: the Benefit/Risk Characterization Theater.
  • Breast Cancer Screening—Mammograms.
  • Prostate Cancer Screening.
  • Colon cancer screening with colonoscopy.
  • Screening for and treating dementia.
  • Statins, cholesterol, and coronary heart disease.

Physicians in family and internal medicine will find Interpreting Health Benefits and Risks: A Practical Guide to Facilitate Doctor- Patient Communication a valuable resource for communicating with patients and new possibilities for working toward their better health and health education.

This book considers several common and important situations where faulty decision-making makes overtreatment a serious risk. Clear, fair, referenced, and useful information is provided. And a powerful intuitive technique is introduced which allows patient and doctor to talk as equals as they work together in the exam room. The authors emphasize that some patients who have been fully educated will still accept high risks of harm for a small chance of avoiding premature death. But as this book is accepted and its ideas and technique are extended, I feel sure that net harm to patients will be curtailed. And what is more, the integrity of the decision-making process will be improved.

—Thomas Finucane, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

About the authors

Erik Rifkin is the president of an environmental consulting firm that specializes in the characterization of ecological and human health risks from exposure to soil, water, air and sediments. His firm provides assistance and guidance to federal and state regulatory agencies and corporations regarding the nature and magnitude of environmental risks and potential remediation strategies. Dr. Rifkin's broad experience includes the communication of health risks and benefits to groups concerned with these issues.

Reviews

“This book offers a visual tool to empower and help the patient think about why decisions are being made with respect to various screenings, tests, or interventions. … I think that this model could be considered as we train our students, residents, and fellows. … The visual chart provides another means to empower the patient (and the patient’s family) in patient-centered care.” (Stella King, Family Medicine, Vol. 50 (2), February, 2018)

“This book is dedicated to explaining the risks of illness or therapeutic interventions and the associated benefits of interventions. … Clinicians of all levels can use this book to understand risks and benefits and then to employ the models to help patients understand the concepts. … This is a uniquely exceptional book on communication between patients and medical personnel. … This is an outstanding book for every academic and teaching institution.” (Vincent F. Carr, Doody's Book Reviews, April, 2015)


Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 71,68 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-11544-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 88,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-11543-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting Health Benefits and Risks
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide to Facilitate Doctor-Patient Communication
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-11544-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11544-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-11543-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 236
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations
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