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Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0521697699 ISBN-10: 1444183060 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444183060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521697699
  • ASIN: 0521697697
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoughtful exposition of the breadth of the medical decision issues to which the analyses of decision theory have often been applied. The authors' approach to medical decision making ensures that readers from different backgrounds understand the concepts by expressing them in words, elaborated with concrete numerical examples and graphs, instead of expecting symbolic formulas to communicate....This book has the potential for teaching practicing physicians to make good decisions and to make decisions well."
--Doody's Review Service

"This book successfully sensitizes the reader to important components of patients' decisions. The author provides several questionnaires and visual tools that could realistically be adapted to busy clinical practices. As promised, the authors offer succinct explanations of some of the more technical aspects of outcomes valuation and prediction, and formal decision analysis. Of particular value, and unlike similar texts, this book offers many nonquantitative ways to assess patients' values and preferences."
--Annals of Internal Medicine

Book Description

Decision making is a key activity, perhaps the most important activity, in the practice of healthcare. 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.

More About the Author

I'm a Professor in Medical Education and Pediatrics, and do research and teach on how physicians and patients make decisions, and how medical decisions can be improved. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Decision Making from 2013-2017.

In a past life, I'm was Unix systems administration/security consultant, and the former maintainer of PennMUSH, a software package for running text-based virtual worlds.

In both lives, I've had the great good fortune to have a wonderful family, including a young Irish water spaniel, and many friends (including the online ones around the world). In my spare time, I enjoy latin dancing, contract bridge, knitting, fine dining and mixology, and, of course, reading.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teresaio on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book explain medical decision making in a clear and precise way, without being too deep in the theory, but still referring to theory papers and works. It addresses issues that physicians should know about medical decision making, with examples and possible solutions or approaches.
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