Medical Decision Making

A Physician's Guide

by Alan Schwartz,

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  • 9780521697699
  • 9780511893810
  • 9781139809603
Decision making is a key activity, perhaps the most important activity, in the practice of healthcare. Although physicians acquire a great deal of knowledge and specialised skills during their training and through their practice, it is in the exercise of clinical judgement and its application to individual patients that the outstanding physician is distinguished. This has become even more relevant as patients become increasingly welcomed as partners in a shared decision making process. This book translates the research and theory from the science of decision making into clinically useful tools and principles that can be applied by clinicians in the field. It considers issues of patient goals, uncertainty, judgement, choice, development of new information, and family and social concerns in healthcare. It helps to demystify decision theory by emphasizing concepts and clinical cases over mathematics and computation.
  • Cambridge University Press; May 2008
  • ISBN: 9780511893810
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Medical Decision Making
  • Author: Alan Schwartz; George Bergus
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521697699
  • 9780511893810
  • 9781139809603

In The Press

'As medical educators, the authors hope to bridge the gap between decision scientist and community physician. They implement clinical examples to present a version of decision making theory that many readers will find refreshing and helpful. … This book has the potential for teaching practising physicians to make good decisions and to make decisions well.' Robert M. Hamm, Doody's Notes