Impact of risk information on perceived colorectal cancer risk: a randomized trial

Robb, K.A. , Miles, A., Campbell, J., Evans, P. and Wardle, J. (2008) Impact of risk information on perceived colorectal cancer risk: a randomized trial. Journal of Health Psychology, 13(6), pp. 744-753. (doi:10.1177/1359105308093858)

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Abstract

The study sought to modify comparative optimism about colorectal cancer in a community sample using a method of providing risk information found to be effective in a laboratory setting. The 3185 adults from General Practice lists were randomized to three groups: (1) control—no information; (2) risk information leaflet; (3) risk and screening information leaflet. Significant comparative optimism and high numeric estimates of absolute risk were found. Risk factor information did not reduce optimistic beliefs nor modify estimates of risk. Interest in screening was high overall and not influenced by the information. Comparatively optimistic risk perceptions appear resistant to change in community settings.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robb, Dr Katie
Authors: Robb, K.A., Miles, A., Campbell, J., Evans, P., and Wardle, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Health Psychology
ISSN:1359-1053
ISSN (Online):1461-7277

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