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by Hal Sox

eBook Medical Decision Making download ISBN: 193051378X
Author: Hal Sox
Publisher: American College of Physicians (October 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 6
ePub: 1453 kb
Fb2: 1311 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Medical Decision Making provides clinicians with a powerful framework for helping patients make decisions that increase the likelihood that they will have the outcomes that are most consistent with their preferences.

Health care providers explain treatments and alternatives to patients and help them choose the treatment.

Health care providers explain treatments and alternatives to patients and help them choose the treatment option that best aligns with their preferences as well as their unique cultural and personal beliefs.

Medical Decision Making provides clinicians with a powerful framework for helping patients make decisions that increase the likelihood that . Harold C. Sox Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire. Michael C. Higgins Stanford University, Stanford, California.

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This book reflects the real world in which doctors practise medicine. The selection of clinical problems guides the reader, step by step, through the correct path in the maze between the presenting complaint of a patient and the final diagnosis. Davidson's 100 Clinical Cases(Chy Yong).

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This is a clearly presented, step-by-step guide to understanding how, through the processes of decision analysis, a physician can reach valid, reasoned conclusions about medical treatment despite possibly imperfect information about the patient.
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Over the past decade and a half I have read and studied numerous quantitative books to essentially better understand math in its various aspects. As you know, this is an intellectual exploration without a finish line. And, this book is a treat.

The four coauthors do an excellent job of building and aggregating the building blocks underlying medical decisions. Those main blocks consist of Bayesian statistics, Utility theory, and Decision Analysis. Invariably, the authors start out slow introducing the concepts in a very user friendly and visual way. This renders the subjects easy to absorb and learn even for the non-mathematicians. But, as the subjects do call for it, the coauthors build on those simple foundations and go into the complexities of the respective topic. And, there is plenty of that.

This is a book to read, study, and review with an open Excel spreadsheet to replicate their example in order to truly absorb the material. This is somewhat inevitable given the nature of the subject.

In view of the above, the authors have covered basic Bayesian statistics as well as anyone else I have read, and, most often in more depth too. For instance, I find their coverage of that subject much superior to Nate Silver’s "The Signal and the Noise" which was an outstanding book on many other counts. But, if you really want to understand Bayes theorem this book is much better.

Reading this book, I have to wonder what is the percentage of doctors that understand the math of decision analysis in their practice even with the assistance of a computer program. I feel that as a responsible patient, it most probably behooves one to learn and understand such math. Inevitably, we will have to contribute at some point in making very difficult medical decisions for ourselves, a close relative or friend. And, at such time the knowledge imparted in this book may be very helpful.
Sox gives a good background and explanation for the "how-to" in calculating probabilities for diagnosis and treatment. He explains why using the data and using it properly is far more likely to lead to a correct diagnosis than merely going with the gut and heuristics. Of course, as computer programs get more sophisticated, we can move the number-crunching responsibilities away from the docs and let them do what they do best - the human side of medicine. The writing style is both entertaining and easy to understand. A good read for anyone who wishes to understand what a physician should be doing when presenting his/her opinion and a diagnosis.
Way too pedantic
This item was delivered at the expected date and it was in perfect condition. I am glad that I was able to receive the book so quickly since it was a necessary book for a course that I am taking.
The book itself is very easy to read and has illustrations to help make the concepts easier to understand. I am delighted with my purchase.