Reviews and Notes: Analyzing How We Reach Clinical Decisions. Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:155. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-121-2-199407150-00032
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(2):155.
Huw Llewelyn and Anthony Hopkins; eds. 164 pages. London: Royal College of Physicians; 1993. £ 12.95.
Every day, the news reminds us that economics, politics, and medicine are linked in a set of thorny issues that engage public attention: the organization, politics, and financing of health care; the cost, efficacy, and appropriateness of medical interventions; the worry that the authority to make decisions is slipping into the hands of bureaucrats who do not know physicians or their patients; the public's anxiety that one catastrophic illness could wipe out a family's savings; and many others. These issues all involve judgments about the possible benefits of medical care, and decisions about whether these benefits are worth the cost. Thus, one perspective on these issues is provided by the emerging science of decision making.
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