Medical Decision Making, 2nd Edition

Medical Decision Making, 2nd Edition

by Harold C. Sox, Michael C. Higgins, Douglas K. Owens
     
 

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Medical Decision Making provides clinicians with a powerful framework for helping patients make decisions that increase the likelihood that they will have the outcomes that are most consistent with their preferences.

This new edition provides a thorough understanding of the key decision making infrastructure of clinical practice and explains the

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Medical Decision Making provides clinicians with a powerful framework for helping patients make decisions that increase the likelihood that they will have the outcomes that are most consistent with their preferences.

This new edition provides a thorough understanding of the key decision making infrastructure of clinical practice and explains the principles of medical decision making both for individual patients and the wider health care arena. It shows how to make the best clinical decisions based on the available evidence and how to use clinical guidelines and decision support systems in electronic medical records to shape practice guidelines and policies.

Medical Decision Making is a valuable resource for all experienced and learning clinicians who wish to fully understand and apply decision modelling, enhance their practice and improve patient outcomes.

“There is little doubt that in the future many clinical analyses will be based on the methods described in Medical Decision Making, and the book provides a basis for a critical appraisal of such policies.” - Jerome P. Kassirer M.D., Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, US  and Visiting Professor, Stanford Medical School, US

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This seminal book, originally published in 1988, has been republished, but not revised, by a new publisher, the American College of Physicians. The author acknowledges that there have been some changes in medical decision making since the initial publication, but that does not detract from this reissue. In fact, reading through this book emphasizes the accuracy and validity of the initial work, despite the time that has passed.
Purpose: The stated goals were for physicians and students to use the principles of probabilistic reasoning and expected-value medical decision making in day-to-day practice. Today, more than ever, this is a necessary step in providing cost-effective and safe medical care.
Audience: The audience includes every practitioner at every level, from the resident in training to the experienced attending and all levels in between, including physician-extenders. The author is one of the most respected practitioners and editors in medical literature in America.
Features: The author describes the process of developing a differential diagnosis, moves through probability theory, lands directly in the heart of the decision-making process, and resurfaces in a discussion of cost-effectiveness in managing medical care. The journey is made exquisitely and entertainingly effective and educational with its accessible text and "typical" patient-physician conversations. The figures, examples, and tables are superb, illustrating the statistical points of discussion. The index is most appropriate, and because the book is dated, the references are appropriate for the original publication date. The author states his intention to update the book upon retirement and hopefully this will occur. At the end of each section there are summaries, problems, and definitions of new words encountered in the chapter.
Assessment: Despite being a republication, this remains a highly valuable and educational book, with the vast majority of the information relevant to medical decision making in the current era. It deserves a place in every practitioner's library.
From the Publisher
“Every physician is confronted daily with decision making. This book teaches the scientific principles of making decisions in clinical practice. For academic teachers.” (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, 1 September 2014)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118341568
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Harold C. Sox
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire

Michael C. Higgins
Stanford University, Stanford, California

Douglas K. Owens
Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California; Stanford University, Stanford, California

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