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Annals of Internal Medicine Article The Effectiveness of a Primer to Help People Understand Risk Two Randomized Trials in Distinct Populations



health risks and to weigh the harms and benefits of actions meant to reduce those risks. Although many studies document problems with understanding risk information, few assess ways to teach interpretation skills. Objective: To see whether a general education primer improves patients ’ medical data interpretation skills. Design: Two randomized, controlled trials done in populations with high and low socioeconomic status (SES). Setting: The high SES trial included persons who attended a public lecture series at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire; and the low SES trial included veterans and their families from the waiting areas at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont. Participants: 334 adults in the high SES trial and 221 veterans and their families in the low SES trial were enrolled from October 200

Year: 2013
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