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Risk evaluation, an interdisciplinary approach in public health Volume 3, issue 1, Janvier-Février 2004

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École de santé publique de l‘université libre de Bruxelles, Unité de promotion éducation santé (ULB‐PROMES), Route de Lennik 808, CP 596, B‐1070 Bruxelles, Belgique <yves.coppietersulb.ac.be> Association pour le renforcement de l‘enseignement et de l‘apprentissage en santé, Boulevard Léopold II, 128 B‐1080 Bruxelles Belgique <areasanteskynet.be> École de santé publique de l‘université libre de Bruxelles, Département politiques et systèmes de santé, Route de Lennik 808, B‐1070 Bruxelles Belgique

We develop a tripartite conceptual framework for risk evaluation in public health: the level of risk (epidemiological approach), the perception of risk (psychological and sociological approaches), and the impact of risk (biomedical, economic and political approaches). Quantitative risk assessments provide objective insight into some aspects of managing it. The social sciences take social aspects into account and analyze the determinants of risk behaviors. Sociology and anthropology have shown that the perception and acceptance of risk have their roots in sociological and cultural factors. These approaches are complementary and all are necessary for a thorough understanding of the objective and subjective elements of risk evaluation in public health decision‐making.