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Author Schwartz, Alan, 1970-

Title Medical decision making : a physician's guide / Alan Schwartz, George Bergus.

Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  610.696 SCHW    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-204) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Goals of medical care -- 1. Goals and objectives -- Pt. II. Valuing health -- 2. Components of health -- 3. The overall health state -- 4. Quality and quantity -- Pt. III. Understanding uncertainty -- 5. Embracing uncertainty -- 6. Chance and choice -- 7. Confidence -- Pt. IV. Developing information -- 8. Visualizing decisions -- 9. The power of information -- 10. Screening and testing -- Pt. V. Beyond the individual -- 11. Family matters -- l2. Public health -- 13. Social values -- Appendix. Summary of questions for clinical practice.
Summary "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."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Bergus, George.
Subject Medicine -- Decision making.
ISBN 9780521697699 (paperback)
0521697697 (paperback)