Making Health Care Decisions
When an individual chooses to participate in innovative medical research, there are many options available. The lay person is confronted by many alternatives of treatment. This chapter deals with an approach taken to evaluate various treatment protocols based on a variety of criteria. The Best Choice program has been useful in helping to make one’s thinking manifest. Simply making the choices of what values were important helped to clarify the analysis. The Best Choice software permits one to list the various alternatives on the rows, which in this case were the various treatment protocols. The program also makes it possible to list the criteria for judging the alternatives along the columns of the matrix. Next, the Best Choice program permits one to show how each alternative relates to each column or criterion. Most significantly, the program permits a sensitivity analysis to give one a second opportunity to re-evaluate one’s choices.
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