The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Interpreting and Reporting Measures of Risk

Tom Lang Communications and Training International

This workshop introduces participants to 11 common measures of risk used in clinical medicine, including risk, odds, and hazards ratios; absolute and relative risks and risk reductions; and effort-to-yield measures (such as the number needed to treat). The discussion includes how risk is perceived and can be manipulated, consciously or otherwise, to mislead readers by “framing,” or “spinning.”

The workshop is based on Chapter 2 of How to Report Statistics in Medicine. An optional pre-workshop assignment adds no additional time to the workshop.