(37) 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.

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This table combines pie charts and numbers to provide multiple cues for likelihood and facilitate cross-option comparisons. The pie charts provide a strong cue for gist understanding of relative size.
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  • Risk tradeoffs
  • Differences in likelihood
  • Details or gist?
  • Gist understanding
  • Verbatim recall
  • Data I have
  • Risk estimate
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  • Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Side effects
  • Treatment choice
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  • Pie chart
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