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"Looking at Patientsí Choices through the Lens of Expected Utility: A Critique and Research Agenda," Medical Decision Making, July/August 2012.

Louise B. Russell and Alan Schwartz

Medical Decision Making
2012
The expected utility framework underlies much research in medical decision making. Because the framework requires decisions to be decomposed into probabilities of states and the values of those states, researchers have investigated the two components separately from each other and from patientsí actual decisions. The authors propose that it would be productive to focus more research on the relationships among risk perceptions, outcome valuations, and choices in the same decision makers. They outline exploratory analyses based on two existing national surveys, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health. The entire article can be read here.

This is the third most-read article on Medical Decision Making's most-read list.

Louise B. Russell and Alan Schwartz. (2012). "Looking at Patientsí Choices through the Lens of Expected Utility: A Critique and Research Agenda." Medical DecisionMaking, 32: 527-531.



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