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Scientific Understanding and Decision-Making

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0003
Scientific Understanding and Decision-Making

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There is a technical model of decision making which suggests that when the clinical facts are known the treatment decisions easily follow. The problems in this approach are brought out by an understanding of what the natural sciences, the social sciences, professional opinion, and the clinician's own humane understanding of the patient can contribute to clinical judgement.

Keywords: decision making; technical model; science; social science; human understanding

Chapter.  6521 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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