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Risk Communication in Assisted Reproduction in Latvia: From Private Experience to Ethical Issues

Author(s): Signe Mezinska | Ilze Mileiko

Journal: Studia Philosophica Estonica
ISSN 1406-0000

Volume: 6.2;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2013;
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The aim of this paper is to analyze the process of risk communication in the context of assisted reproduction in Latvia. The paper is based on a qualitative methodology and two types of data: media analysis and 30 semi-structured interviews (11 patients, 4 egg donors, 15 experts). The study explores a broad definition of risk communication and explores three types of risks: health, psychosocial, and moral. We ask (1), who is involved in risk communication, (2), how risks are discussed using different channels of communication, and (3), what ethical problems arise during this process. In the process of analysis, we identified four types of information channels and two strategies of risk communication used by patients, as well as several ethical problems. In our view, the analysis of risk communication practices is significant to improve patient/physician relationship, as well as better meet patients' needs for comprehensive risk information.

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