Learning, Feedback, and Decision Aids

  • Steven Schwartz
  • Timothy Griffin
Part of the Contributions to Psychology and Medicine book series (CONTRIBUTIONS)

Abstract

The first four chapters of this book were concerned with the importance of decision making for medicine. In them, we described research on how doctors gather information, generate hypotheses, and make patient management decisions. Although this research is interesting in its own right (it helps us to understand a great deal about how people think), it has a definite practical purpose as well. This purpose is the development of new teaching methods. It is a commonly expressed belief that once we understand how people make judgments, we should be able to teach them to make better ones (see Kepner & Tregoe, 1965; Schrenk, 1969). Unfortunately, despite its importance for professional training, relatively little research has focused on the best way to make doctors better decision makers. This chapter describes attempts to train people, especially doctors, to be better decision makers. Also reviewed are educational programs, computer expert systems, and other approaches to improving decision making.

Keywords

Aspirin Anemia Radio Nuclide Pseudomonas Silt 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Schwartz
    • 1
  • Timothy Griffin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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