The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Tag: risk communication

Fear of the unknown produces ghosts

What really can start feverish thought activity is facing an unclear threat. We do not really see what it is, so we fill the contours ourselves. At the seminar this week, we discussed what I think was such a case. A woman decided to test if she possibly had calcium deficiency. To her surprise, the […]

What is the risk?

To communicate about genetic risk with patients, we need to know how people think about risk and that experts and people in general often think differently. A common feature, however, is this: Risk has to do with future adverse events. We talk about the risk of getting sick. But we rarely talk about the risk […]

Risks are not just about numbers

On a daily basis, we are informed about risks. The media tell us that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and that we can reduce the risk of Alzheimers by eating the right kind of food. We are confronted with the potential danger of nanoparticles and mobile phone radiation. Not to mention the never […]