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Medical Decision Making Paperback – July 29, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0470658666 ISBN-10: 0470658665 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (July 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470658665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470658666
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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)

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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

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By Uncle Steve on October 19, 2013
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The BEST introduction to the field. I have been using it my teaching for years. Clear and concise. Well presented.
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This is an excellent book. It will help practising doctors and medical students to come to understand what they are doing in their work with greater clarity and depth. It will also help statisticians and others who study and try to understand, manage and guide how doctors think and act to achieve this more successfully, and in a way that that concepts such as Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practicemiss completely.

In medicine we basically get two things wrong with our work- the words and the numbers. We get our communication wrong, partly because we don't actually understand the numerical substructure of our medical thinking. We often talk about vaguely numerical ideas such as "some" or "mostly" or "usually" and we often don't really think out what exact numbers we are talking about. We can confuse ourselves at many levels- from individual consultations to the maths involved in high powered academic research. Wherever the statisticians look in medicine (and in many other fields) they can have great fun finding basic mathemetical errors in our thought processes.

This book is written by experienced authors who approach their work from the point of view of practising doctors who are answering questions about and to their patients. They are looking at basic diagnostic processes that actual doctors use, and their strengths and weaknesses. They show well how doctors operate basically as Bayesian thinkers, adjusting their prior estimates of the probability and improbablity of diagnoses as new information becomes available.
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