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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better DecisionsEnvisioning Health Care 2020$
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Gerd Gigerenzer and J.A. Muir Gray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016032

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016032.001.0001

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Reducing Unwarranted Variation in Clinical Practice by Supporting Clinicians and Patients in Decision Making

Reducing Unwarranted Variation in Clinical Practice by Supporting Clinicians and Patients in Decision Making

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(p.45) 3 Reducing Unwarranted Variation in Clinical Practice by Supporting Clinicians and Patients in Decision Making
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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions
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Albert G. Mulley

John E. Wennberg

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016032.003.0003

Variation in clinical practice in seemingly similar populations of patients has been described for more than seventy years. International collaboration to increase understanding of the sources of practice variation and respond constructively have spawned efforts to expand and better manage professional knowledge, and to elicit and accommodate the personal knowledge of patients about what matters most to them when they face medical decisions under conditions of uncertainty. The approach, which has come to be known as shared decision making, can move us toward assurance that patients receive the care they need and no less and the care they want and no more. The use of decision aids to support shared decision making can effectively address the limitations in statistical thinking among clinicians as well as patients and thereby help establish informed patient choice as a standard of practice and improve the quality of medical decision making and the efficiency of health care.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, clinician-patient relationship, health care, informed patient choice, practice variation in medicine, shared decision making, statistical thinking

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