The @RISK Study: Risk communication for patients with type 2 diabetes

Background

It is difficult for patients with diabetes to understand the risk to develop severe diabetes related complications. As a result, they do not recognize the seriousness of changing lifestyle and taking medication in time. The risk to develop cardiovascular disease can be estimated by means of a risk formula. However, these numbers are complicated to understand for patients. Therefore, it is important to develop a method to improve risk communication for patients. This might improve the understanding of the patient concering the risks that are associated with having diabetes and the motivation to change lifestyle. In addition, the patient will receive information that is needed to become a decision-maker of the treatment which is important to increase patient empowerment.