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Fact Boxes

The Harding Center for Risk Literacy collaborates with a number of organizations to develop fact boxes on health topics that are targeted at the general population and doctors alike. The fact boxes are intended to enable consumers to understand the advantages and disadvantages of certain medical measures so they can decide whether or not to consent to them.

Applying the developments and findings of the Harding Center's research on transparent communication of risks, we strive to present the best available evidence on potential benefits and harms of various medical measures and on health topics by creating fact boxes in a graphically appealing format.

More generally, we scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of fact boxes in terms of how they improve the consumers’ understanding of harms and benefits of health behaviors and treatments, and how they affect health decisions. In addition, we examine which other formats could be suitable for the aggregation and presentation of medical evidence and how best to communicate information about the quality and uncertainty of such evidence.

Collaboration partners:

AOK

AOK

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In 2014 we began developing fact boxes in cooperation with the AOK, one of the largest health insurance providers in Germany. The fact boxes are available as decision-making tools on the AOK website.

Bertelsmann Foundation - Weisse Liste

Bertelsmann Foundation - Weisse Liste

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This project builds on the research expertise of the Harding Center and the capacity of the Bertelsmann Stiftung to disseminate decision tools broadly to the public through their website "Weisse Liste".

Helsana

Helsana

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In collaboration with the Swiss health insurer Helsana, we created fact boxes on the topics of cancer screening and vaccination. These fact boxes can be found together with short animated clips on the Helsana website.