Decision analysis in individual clinical decision making: a real world application in treatment of renal disease

J. S. Pliskin, C. H. Beck

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalMethods of Information in Medicine
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1976
Externally publishedYes

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