Handbook of Health Decision Science

  • Michael A. Diefenbach
  • Suzanne Miller-Halegoua
  • Deborah J. Bowen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Basics First

  3. Decision Making on the Individual Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Priscila G. Brust-Renck, Valerie F. Reyna, Evan A. Wilhelms, Andrew N. Lazar
      Pages 71-86
    3. Howard Leventhal, Jessica S. Yu, Elaine A. Leventhal, Susan M. Bodnar-Deren
      Pages 87-108
    4. Ellen Peters, Louise Meilleur
      Pages 109-120
    5. Alexander J. Rothman, Austin S. Baldwin, Rachel J. Burns, Paul T. Fuglestad
      Pages 121-132
    6. Paul K. J. Han
      Pages 133-144
    7. Corinna E. Löckenhoff, Chu Hsiao, Julia Kim, Katya Swarts
      Pages 145-155
    8. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Majel Baker, Sarah Stitzel
      Pages 157-167
  4. Decision Making on the Interpersonal Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Laura A. Siminoff, Maria D. Thomson
      Pages 171-179
    3. Kathryn J. Rowland, Mary C. Politi
      Pages 181-192
    4. Rebecca Saracino, Elissa Kolva, Barry Rosenfeld
      Pages 193-205
  5. Applied Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Ambili Ramachandran, Shivani Reddy, Devin M. Mann
      Pages 209-238
    3. Seth M. Noar, Nancy Grant Harrington
      Pages 251-263
    4. Erika A. Waters, Angela Fagerlin, Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher
      Pages 265-277
    5. Nananda F. Col, Vicky Springmann
      Pages 279-289
  6. Decision Making on the Organizational, State and National Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Rachel A. Greenup, Jeffrey Peppercorn
      Pages 293-305
    3. George Cheely, David Zaas
      Pages 307-320
  7. The Future of Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Amanda L. Graham, Caroline O. Cobb, Nathan K. Cobb
      Pages 335-355
    3. Saskia C. Sanderson, Eric E. Schadt
      Pages 357-373
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 375-377

About this book


This comprehensive reference delves into the complex process of medical decision making—both the nuts-and-bolts access and insurance issues that guide choices and the cognitive and affective factors that can make patients decide against their best interests. Wide-ranging coverage offers a robust evidence base for understanding decision making across the lifespan, among family members, in the context of evolving healthcare systems, and in the face of life-changing diagnosis. The section on applied decision making reviews the effectiveness of decision-making tools in healthcare, featuring real-world examples and guidelines for tailored communications with patients. Throughout, contributors spotlight the practical importance of the field and the pressing need to strengthen health decision-making skills on both sides of the clinician/client dyad.

Among the Handbook’s topics:

  • From laboratory to clinic and back: connecting neuroeconomic and clinical mea
sures of decision-making dysfunctions.
  • Strategies to promote the maintenance of behavior change: moving from theoretical principles to practices.
  • Shared decision making and the patient-provider relationship.
  • Overcoming the many pitfalls of communicating risk.

    • Evidence-based medicine and decision-making policy.
    • The internet, social media, and health decision making.

    The Handbook of Health Decision Science will interest a wide span of professionals, among them health and clinical psychologists, behavioral researchers, health policymakers, and sociologists.

    “. . . essential reading for those seeking to gain a comprehensive understanding of current theory and research in the rapidly evolving field of health decision making.”  Paul Jacobsen, Ph.D.


    “. . . a comprehensive look at the wonderfully complex topic of how individuals make decis

    ions that are vital to health. . . .”  Ellen Beckford, Ph.D., MPH


    Cancer decision making Cancer prevention and control Clinical decision making Decision heuristics Decision research Decision science End-of-life decisions Health care policy Health decision making Shared decision making Treatment decision making

    Editors and affiliations

    • Michael A. Diefenbach
      • 1
    • Suzanne Miller-Halegoua
      • 2
    • Deborah J. Bowen
      • 3
    1. 1.Department of UrologyIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
    2. 2.Fox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
    3. 3.Department of Community Health SciencesBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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