Risk communication is one of the composing element in risk analysis along with risk assessment and risk management in the field of food and environmental issues. Risk communication is an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion on risk among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties in protecting the public health. All stakeholder groups should be ideally involved from the start. The communication is aimed to offer essential information so that consumers can make an independent decision about risks. People need to know the risk which affects their health and safety and they need to decide a proper way to cope with the risk.
Risk information should be provided to patients and consumers as well as healthcare professionals concurrently by regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical companies in order to share it with them. Risk information should be made easily available and accessible by public through web sites including regulatory agencies in any communication tools. Considering the patients health literacy level, appropriate risk information should be provided by regulatory agencies. The leaflets containing the patient information should be evaluated for understandability and accessibility by conducting user testing periodically.
Last date updated on June, 2014