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Toward a holistic approach in the presentation of benefits and risks of medical radiation.
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PMID:  21979542     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Frequently messages are conveyed about benefit and risk in medical imaging or in imaging-guided medical intervention that are quite different from the intended communication. This is because communication is not merely the words used to express an idea. The message involves many personal factors on the part of the communicator and on the part of the audience. The intent of this article is to disclose some of the underlying factors that disproportionately bias communication of benefit and risk. Suggestions on how to develop a holistic communication of benefits and risks are presented. It is recommended that communication about the application of radiation to patients be disassociated from standard radiation protection concepts. The medical profession should develop unique communication tools to deliver a message that focuses on benefit/risk as a holistic entity, not benefit or risk as separate entities.
Louis K Wagner
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health physics     Volume:  101     ISSN:  1538-5159     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Phys     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985093R     Medline TA:  Health Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  566-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
* The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030.
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