Communication of radiation benefits and risks in decision making: Some lessons learned

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Abstract

This paper is focused on summarizing the "lessons learned" from discussions at the 2010 NCRP Annual Meeting on effective communications on the subject of radiation benefits and risks in public exposures. Five main lessons learned are discussed in regard to effective methods of public communication: the use of new social media communication tools such as Facebook and Twitter, emergency situations that require rapid societal and personal messaging, medical radiological procedures where benefits must be described in comparison to long-term health risks of radiation exposures, and information that should be provided to stakeholders in situations such as environmental radionuclide contamination to which members of the public may be exposed. It is concluded that effective communications in which radiation benefits are contrasted with health risks of exposure are an important aspect of making and implementing decisions on employing radiation health protection procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-629
Number of pages4
JournalHealth physics
Volume101
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

Keywords

  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
  • radiation
  • radiation risk
  • risk communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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