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Decision Making in Health Care: Theory, Psychology, and Applications

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Decision making is a crucial element in the field of medicine. Decisions made by physicians, patients, health policy makers and health insurers determine the quality of health care that is needed and provided for. Decision Making in Health Care is an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the field of medical decision making—a rapidly expanding field—that includes quantitative theoretical tools for modeling decisions, psychological research on how decisions are actually made, and applied research on how physician and patient decision making can be improved.

Reports recent research re: decision modeling, quantitative methods, psychological factors, patient & physician variable

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"[T]he chapters present a comprehensive overview... [They] contain valuable information for researchers of medical decdision making, bringing together the topics that matter to help improve medical decisions... What makes this volume that the reader is tempted to look further than at her/his primary topic of interest. Theorists will learn of practical applications...and designers of computer support will be informed about policy matters. European Association of Decision Making Bulletin

"...a valuable contribution to the field." Applied Cognitive Psychology

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction and Theory
1 Introduction 3
2 Decision Modeling Techniques 20
3 Utility Assessment under Expected Utility and Rank-Dependent Utility Assumptions 65
4 Evidence-Based Medicine: A Quantitative Approach to Decision Making 110
Pt. II Health Policy and Economics
5 Linking Modeling with Health Policy Formation and Implementation 145
6 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis 158
Pt. III Psychology of Medial Decision Making
7 Cognitive Processes and Biases in Medical Decision Making 183
8 Physician Judgments of Uncertainty 211
9 Bioethics and Medical Decision Making: What Can They Learn from Each Other? 253
10 Team Medical Decision Making 267
Pt. IV Applications
11 Assessing Patients' Preferences 289
12 Applying Utility Assessment at the Bedside 313
13 Advances in Presenting Health Information to Patients 334
14 Computer-Assisted Clinical Decision Support 362
15 Opportunities for Applying Psychological Theory to Improve Medical Decision Making: Two Case Histories 386
Index 423
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