Medical Decision Making — The Patient
Many Clinicians view with enthusiasm the development of clinical decision-support systems. The three possible areas of application considered by Sterling et al (1967) quoted but not expanded upon by Spiegelhalter and Knill-Jones (1984), were, ‘the initial structuring of a clinical problem with little prior information, differential within a restricted clinical problem area and automatic interpretation of test results’. There is however another area that engenders considerable difficulty for the Clinician, and this is in applying the results of the diagnostic process to the decision made by the patient as to the treatment to be received.
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