Person risk communication (PRC)

The key element of treatment decisions is to explore risk perception and chance of symptom relief.

A useful calculator can be found at:

When a sleep physician communicates a diagnosis, he or she has a brief window to explore person perspectives that may lead to change of behaviour. Within the time frame of minutes, the patient may reconsider behavioural aims, reveal barriers and be open for explicit change strategies. The core of PRC is exploring the person perspective to a much larger extent than giving risk information. 

ABC of the person perspective:

  • Aims: -Use open questions like «tell me why you’re here»
  • Barriers for behaviour change: «Listen, and ask»
  • Change of behaviour, explicit techniques (alphabetical, pick one): 

Pre diagnostic risk estimates (general population):

Post diagnostic risk estimates for sleep apnoea, sleep apnea phenotypes and co-morbid disorders:

The post diagnostic risk estimates are being calculated in a current research project. They will be published here with links to scientific references.