Balancing Risks and Benefits in Clinical Decision Making

TitleBalancing Risks and Benefits in Clinical Decision Making
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsElstein, A
Secondary AuthorsDavis, M
Series TitlePerspectives on the Professions
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Place PublishedChicago, IL
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsMEDICINE , professional responsibility
AbstractOpening with a case study that requires the reader to make a professional judgement about amputating the leg of a diabetic patient, the author discusses how uncertainty pervades many medical decisions and how the expected utility theory that some say should be used in making these kinds of decisions. The author goes on to examine the problems of expected utility theory, namely that it avoids value considerations, and discusses how these problems can be addressed.
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