Journal article

Benefits and harms of selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) to reduce breast cancer risk: a cross-sectional study of methods to communicate risk in primary care

Jennifer G McIntosh, Jesse Minshall, Sibel Saya, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Nadira Hewabandu, Ashleigh Qama, Jon D Emery

British Journal of General Practice | ROYAL COLL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In Australia, evidence-based guidelines recommend that women consider taking selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) to reduce their risk of breast cancer. In practice, this requires effective methods for communicating the harms and benefits of taking SERMs so women can make an informed choice. AIM: To evaluate how different risk presentations influence women's decisions to consider taking SERMs. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional, correlational study of Australian women in general practice. METHOD: Three risk communication formats were developed that included graphics, numbers, and text to explain the reduction in breast cancer risk and risk of side effects for women ta..

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