(36) Tables of side effect risks

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Many health information displays use tables to compare multiple alternatives over an even longer list of dimensions (risks, benefits, costs, etc.) The goal of this image is to use visual cues to make it easier to make such comparisons across multiple options.

What’s special about this image?

This simple table supplements the individual risk numbers with a color coding system designed to highlight which treatments are more vs. less likely to result within each side effect row. It also includes a very subtle bar graph feature within each cell (the height of the darker color is proportionate to the risk). The large numbers should facilitate numeric recall.

People recalled risk numbers more accurately for this graphic than for other graphics. We recommend this graphic.
  • My goal
  • Risk tradeoffs
  • Differences in likelihood
  • Details or gist?
  • Verbatim recall
  • Gist understanding
  • Data I have
  • Risk estimate
  • Health conditions
  • Side effects
  • Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Treatment choice
  • Graphic type
  • Color gradient
  • Bar graph
  • Tables