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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 Nov 19. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000002557. [Epub ahead of print]

A New Video Aid for Communicating Risk in the Treatment of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Current address: Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH.
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.


Balancing risks of immune suppressive medications against risk of chronic disease is challenging for clinicians and families. Available aids commonly lack comparative information needed to inform treatment decisions. We developed a simple video aid to illustrate competing risks associated with medications and underlying disease in context of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Those who viewed the video aid had more realistic risk perceptions than those who did not view it. The video aid is adaptable for other conditions. It required only commonly accessible software and little cost, thereby making an aid of this style an attractive option for health care professionals interested in communicating comparative risk data to patients.

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