Risk communication: understanding the risk of exposure

Communicating the risk of an action or consequence can be very difficult. Table 9 presents an approach to this that may be useful with patients.

Table 9. Estimates to quantify risk

Risk Risk description
1/1 > risk > 1/10 Very high
1/10 > risk > 1/100 High
1/100 > risk > 1/1000 Moderate
1/1000 > risk > 1/10,000 Low
1/10,000 > risk > 1/100,000 Very low
1/100,000 > risk > 1/1,000,000 Minimal
1/1,000,000 > risk > 1 in 1 billion-trillion Negligible

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