The methodological framework of decision analysis is applied to a given physician's decision making process with respect to a given, identified patient. The paper demonstrates how some of the subjective assessments and value judgments can be systematically incorporated and applied in a real world setting. Direct subjective assessment of all probabilities was necessary because the specific characteristics of the given patient did not enable use of data in the literature. Explicit tradeoffs between longevity and quality of life were elicited from the decision maker and used in quantifying his relative preferences for the possible outcomes. The paper demonstrates the usefulness of decision analysis in structuring and analyzing a real world problem, especially one where little or no data are available.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing
- Health Information Management