Programme no. 304-SY
Professional Development
Risk perception and clinical decision making in primary care
Benedicte Lind Barfoed*1, Peder A. Halvorsen*2, Line F. Jensen*3, Katja Schrøder*4, Adrian Edwards*5
1Research Unit for General Practice,University of Southern Denmark,Odense,Denmark, 2General Practice, Department of Community Medicine,The Arctic University of Norway,Tromsø,Norway, 3Research Unit for General Practice,Aarhus University,Aarhus,Denmark, 4Research Unit for General Practice,University of Southern Denmark,Odense,Denmark, 5General Practice,Cardiff University,Cardiff, Wales,United Kingdom
* = Presenting author
Objectives: We aim to present new knowledge about different perspectives of health care professionals’ risk perceptions and clinical decision making. Furthermore, we intend to discuss differences between professional and personal risk perceptions and the impact on decisions in terms of both short and long-term outcomes.

Background: Insight into healthcare professionals’ perception of risk is a cornerstone for understanding their strategies for practising preventive care. The way people perceive risk can be seen as part of a general personality trait influenced by a mixture of individual considerations, social conditions and the specific context. Most research has been focused on understanding of the concepts of risk. However healthcare professionals’ risk perception and personal attitudes also affect their clinical decision-making and risk communication. The differences between health care professionals’ personal and professional risk perceptions and attitudes and the subsequent impact on patients’ decision making have not previously been discussed.

Content: 1. Professor, MD, Peder Halvorsen: Making good decisions: Intuition or deliberation? Psychology of medical and other decisions

2. PhD-fellow, MD, Benedicte Lind Barfoed: Cardiovascular risk in general practice. Results from a large questionnaire and register based study of Danish GPs’ professional and personal approach to cardiovascular risk and their patients’ adherence with statins.

3. PhD-fellow, MPH, Line F. Jensen: Association between GPs’ attitudes towards breast cancer screening and women’s screening participation. Results from a survey of GPs and register data on their patients with focus on the association between GPs’ attitudes and their patients’ decision.

4. PhD-fellow, Midwife, MPH, Katja Schrøder: When a traumatic event makes you wonder … or makes you doubt. Results from a mixed methods study on doctors’ and midwives’ experiences with traumatic births and how it impacts their personal and professional life.

5. Professor, MD, Adrian Edwards: Implementing shared decision making Results from a qualitative study on healthcare professionals’ perspectives on shared decision making implementation (including use of patient decision aids) with focus on ways to develop change.

Method: The objectives will be approached both with qualitative interviews, questionnaires, register based and mixed methods.

Other considerations: The authors declare no conflict of interests.