Medical Decision Making

Medical Decision Making

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Felder Stefan
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
EAN: 9783642183294
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This textbook offers a comprehensive theory of medical decision making under uncertainty, combining informative test theory with the expected utility hypothesis. The book shows how the parameters of Bayes’ theorem can be combined with a value function of health states to arrive at informed test and treatment decisions. The authors distinguish between risk neutral, risk averse and prudent decision makers and demonstrate the effects of risk preferences on physicians’ decisions. They analyze individual tests, multiple tests and endogenous tests where the test result is determined by the decision maker. Finally, the topic is examined in the context of health economics by introducing a trade-off between enjoying health and consuming other goods, so that the extent of treatment and thus the potential improvement in the patient’s health become endogenous.

 

EAN 9783642183294
ISBN 3642183298
Binding Hardback
Publisher Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Publication date July 22, 2011
Pages 200
Language English
Dimensions 235 x 155
Country Germany
Readership Professional & Scholarly
Authors Felder Stefan; Mayrhofer Thomas
Illustrations XVII, 200 p.
Edition 2011 ed.