Reflections on the Role of Cognitive Science in Biomedical Informatics
Decision making is an inherent part of everything that health professionals do, and accordingly it is not surprising that cognitive science has relevance throughout all of patient care, health promotion, and disease prevention. Even the procedural specialties that depend on manual dexterity or similar skills, such as surgery, intrinsically depend on making good decisions about which procedures to perform, when to undertake them, and how best to prepare patients for what will be required. Many tough decisions carry over to prevention and public health: how best to advise patients, how best to encourage healthy behaviors, and how best to react when surveillance suggests that new attacks on the health and safety of the population may exist.
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