Dr. Horacio Arruda, National Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Quebec, QC

In the context of an emerging disease, multiples unknows are frequent in the first weeks or months to really have a precise risk analysis. Very important aspects of the specific epidemiology are missing but decisions have to be taken in the context of uncertainty.  In the recent years the detection, surveillance and scientific knowledge have improved dramatically specifically in sequencing the virus and the production of vaccines.

As the same time public health decisions have to take into account the context of specific cultural and health care systems that differs over the world. The rapidity of the information in the media and social media have positives impacts but may also introduce some confusion in the diverses approachs of communication

The presentation will illustrate some of these aspects of science in the context of uncertainty and the fragile equilibrium to the decision process which need to take multiples aspects and determinants of health.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • List a series of factors to take into account in the process of decision in a context of uncertainty;
  • Recognize the principles of a good strategy of risk communication; and
  • Identify the benefit and also negative impact of differents populational measures

CanMEDs Competencies Addressed
Communicator, Leader