USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

A Web-Enabled Authoring Tool for Communicating Medical Risks

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Web-Enabled Authoring Tool for Communicating Medical Risks
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-03-M-0072
Award Amount: $100,000.00


"Research on framing suggests that an individual's decisions about medical treatments can be affected by whether the information about the impacts of alternative treatments are framed positively (in terms of benefits) or negatively (in terms of risks). Thegoal of this project is to develop a web-enabled authoring tool for communicating medical risks that advises clinicians on how risk information should be framed and how the information should be presented so individuals can make treatment decisions thataccurately reflect the objective data about risks and are consistent with their own values. In Phase I we will review the research literature on framing and information presentation and develop an experiment plan to conduct research on unresolved issues.We will also develop the requirements and an initial prototype for the authoring tool based on our literature review. In Phase II we will carry out the research program designed in Phase I, and apply the results to the development of the authoring tool.We will test the authoring tool using a range of use cases to insure that it is usable by clinicians and that the risk information that is developed is complete and comprehensible to patients. The value of this work is that it will allow authors tocommunicate information about risks in a way that is clear and comprehensible, and that allows individuals to make decisions that are in accordance with the objective data and with which the

Principal Investigator:

Eileen B. Entin
Senior Research Psycholog

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No