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Healthy RespectEthics in Health Care$
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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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Scientific Understanding and Decision-Making

Scientific Understanding and Decision-Making

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(p.22) Chapter 2 SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING AND DECISION-MAKING
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0003

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

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