Person Risk Communication (PRC)

The idea of the PRC has evolved after the labelling of numerous young patients with the diagnosis «obstructive sleep apnoea». Accordingly, I frequently communicate with persons that just have received their first diagnosis.

To reveal a diagnosis is a crucial time point for behaviour change. Within the time frame of minutes, a person, who might be in shock or disbelief, needs tailored information in order to obtain or re-evaluate behavioural aims, barriers and change strategies. It must be emphasized that the core of PRC is personal behaviour rather than estimating risk. 

Personal behaviour (ABC):

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.