Acknowledging uncertainty in health communications

One of my beloved new xerographica

One of my beloved new xerographica

That medicine is not mathematics.

That uncertainty is in fact truth.

That logic is often unbound to reality.

That humility lies in the adverbs.1

This quote concluded a short piece in JAMA by Dr. Khanjan Baxi Shah about expressing probability, and the resulting room for uncertainty, when communicating with patients. A well-written reminder to acknowledge the limitations of knowledge.

1Shah K. Adverbs. JAMA. 2014;311(8):801. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.912.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832546

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