Medical Decision Making
The quality and outcomes of all medical care are ultimately determined by choices made by patients and their providers. The objective of our research is to better understand decision making and to improve the way health-related decisions are made.
There is strong evidence that a structured, deliberative decision making process improves the outcomes of important decisions. This approach is particularly helpful when decisions involve trade-offs between competing objectives, multiple decision makers, and uncertainty about decision outcomes. A number of tools are available to help people make better decisions in these circumstances that are rarely used in healthcare. Our research focuses on adapting these tools to better match how decisions are made in the real context of care so that they can be used in routine patient care.
James Dolan, MD
Peter Veazie, PhD