Patients should be given information about their absolute risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the likely absolute benefits and harms of treatment in ways meaningful to them, according to recent NICE guidance (see previous blog). Among the key priorities for implementation, NICE says that:
“People should be offered information about their absolute risk of CVD and about the absolute benefits and harms of an intervention over a 10-year period. This information should be in a form that:
– presents individualised risk and benefit scenarios
– presents the absolute risk of events numerically
– uses appropriate diagrams and text.
You can find information and ideas about how to use patient decision aids, including tailoring them to individual patients’ circumstances, in the patient decision aid section of the NPC. You can also find more information on that floor about the differences between absolute and relative risks and benefits.