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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521697699
ISBN-10: 0521697697
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alan Schwartz

Alan Schwartz, PhD, is a decision psychologist in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches decision making, leadership, and quantitative methods. His research focuses on both patient and physician decision making, including evidence-based medicine, risk perception, and the impact of life goals on utility assessment. He has received the Outstanding Paper by a Young Investigator Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education from the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, and the Junior Faculty Research Award from the Midwest Society for General Internal Medicine. Dr Schwartz serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and coordinates the Society's 'Teaching Medical Decision Making' interest group. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. He has taught leadership and decision making in Brazil and Pakistan, as well as on-line to students throughout the world, and twice received his University's peer-reviewed teaching award. George Bergus is Professor and Associate Head for Education at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Iowa.

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