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Survey of the publics' preferences for communication of medical radiation risk

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posted on 22.06.2022, 08:54 authored by E Davies, D Peet, MJ Taylor, EML Chung
To comply with the Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposures) Regulations 2017, patients need to be adequately informed of medical radiation risks prior to exposure. This study used a survey developed in partnership with patients and members of the public to explore patient preferences for radiation risk communication. It was distributed through social media between 28/4/2020 and 18/7/2020. All respondents (N = 376) wanted to be informed about radiation risk, though the threshold at which they wished to be informed varied. The current practice of displaying posters in waiting areas does not meet the expressed preference of the patients if used in isolation. Only 6% of respondents were satisfied with the commonly used statement that the 'risk is low' if used in isolation. The majority of respondents (73%) said they would not be concerned about an increase in the risk of cancer of less than 1 in 10 000. The level of risk at which patients express a concern and the methodology for risk communication has been evaluated and based on these findings, and pre-existing literature, a graded approach to radiation risk communication based on modality is proposed. Patients must be involved throughout the evolution of this practice.

History

Citation

J. Radiol. Prot. 42 021506

Author affiliation

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of Radiological Protection

Volume

42

Issue

2

Publisher

IOP Publishing Ltd

issn

0952-4746

eissn

1361-6498

Acceptance date

18/01/2022

Copyright date

2022

Available date

17/02/2023

Spatial coverage

England

Language

English