Defining Risk

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Short Description:

This blog defines ‘risk’ in relation to health, and discusses some the difficulties in applying estimates of risk to a given individual.

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This blog aims to describe what is meant by ‘risk’ in the context of health and healthcare (i.e. “probability of an event in a person during a specified period of time). The blog also considers some of complexities of calculating and interpreting ‘risk’, including the difficulty of interpreting what a given risk at a population level means for a particular individual. The author goes on to explain that uncertainty and inaccuracy are inevitable in making judgements about risk but that being careful and seeking to reduce bias are ways in which this uncertainty can be minimised. Read the blog

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is a growing network of students from around the world, from school age to university, who are interested in learning more about evidence-based healthcare (EBH).  The network is supported by the UK Cochrane Centre.  In addition to the website, the S4BE has a Facebook group and Twitter feed. For more information, read Selena Ryan-Vigs blog which introduces Students 4 Best Evidence.