[Risk perception and communication: from diabetes to cardiovascular diseases]

Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Jun 9;6(252):1182-4, 1186-7.
[Article in French]


Evidence-based medicine has enabled to approach disease in a more rational and scientific way. Clinical research has identified behaviours and risk factors that could cause disease often "silent" at the beginning, such as diabetes. Despite the clear impact of these evidences on public health, it seems that the individual risk perception level remains weak. To mention as well, the health professionals very often have a different views, which makes it difficult to communicate the risk with patients. In this article we describe the principles of risk perception, the diabetes related risk perception concerning cardiovascular complications, and suggest some practical strategies and tools which could improve risk communication in the everyday practice.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Communication*
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Perception
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking