Risk Communications

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Improving Cardiovascular Risk Communications
With Your Patients

Communicating risk to our patients isn’t easy. Risk is a complex concept to explain. Yet these discussions are ubiquitous to cardiology and at the core of informed decision making. But—even in the best of circumstances—many factors can influence how someone will understand or react to risk. Assuring patients have a firm understanding of their cardiovascular risk, what it means and what can be done to modify it is essential to providing quality cardiology care.

ACC has developed this Toolkit to help cardiology care teams and primary care clinicians improve cardiovascular risk discussions, in turn, making them more meaningful to and actionable for patients. These tools can be leveraged for trainings and some are intended to be used at the point of care.

Improving Cardiovascular Risk Communications – Quick Reference Guide
Gives the busy clinician high level tips and lessons from the full toolkit.

Improving Cardiovascular Risk Communications – Full Toolkit
The complete toolkit provides a comprehensive look at risk communications as a process that is built on trust and must factor in patient preferences and goals, key influencers, including health literacy, as well as the psychological or emotional response. This resource covers: