Clinical Decision Analysis

  • Sadeesh K. SrinathanEmail author
  • Feng Xie
Part of the Difficult Decisions in Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach book series (DDSURGERY)


Clinical decisions are often difficult as we try to balance the benefits or harms of one decision pathway compared to another possible pathway. Further, this has to be done in the face of incomplete information. In this chapter we describe a useful tool termed Clinical Decision Analysis to allow for a transparent and explicit description of the decision making process to guide us in identifying areas of uncertainty around the existing evidence.


EBM Evidence based medicine GRADE Bias Study design Systematic reviews Trials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, Department of SurgeryUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, Faculty of Health SciencesMcMaster University, St. Joseph’s HospitalHamiltonCanada

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