CLINICAL DECISION-MAKING UNDER CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY

Title CLINICAL DECISION-MAKING UNDER CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY
Author, Co-Author Ellen Ettinger
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Year
1992
Day
Monday
Program Number
Poster 67
Room
Great Hall
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Abstract Making decisions under conditions of uncertainty is a common aspect of clinical problem-solving. Patients rarely come in with every classic "textbook" sign and symptom of a disease, but the clinician must analyze the information and data available to understand the patient's condition. Teaching strategies for dealing with clinical uncertainty will be presented. Features of open-loop vs. closed-loop decision making will be discussed. Examples of common errors of decision-making will be presented to show students how they can "fall prey" to these obstacles (e.g., premature closure, anchoring, pseudodiagnosticity, inadequate synthesis and incorrect synthesis). Teaching students to be aware of these obstacles can make them more conscious of the processes they use in their problem-solving activities. In addition to its use in teaching students about making decisions under conditions of uncertainty, these strategies can also be used with new clinical faculty to teach them to identify errors and provide feedback to students.
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