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Jie W. Weiss and David J. Weiss

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322989.001.0001

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The Clinical Decision Tree of Oral Health in Geriatrics

The Clinical Decision Tree of Oral Health in Geriatrics

(p.461) 34 The Clinical Decision Tree of Oral Health in Geriatrics
A Science of Decision Making

Jie W Weiss

David J Weiss

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Clinical Decision Tree—a visual representation of a systematic understanding of an entire decision process in rendering clinical decisions in geriatric dentistry. To the non-dentist, the Clinical Decision Tree may appear to be an overly complex sequence of decisions that could potentially contain a great deal of information. However, given clinical realities, this sequence of decisions is intuitively rendered by dentists in consultation with patients everyday. The Clinical Decision Tree identifies the initial and sequential outcomes that impact the clinical decision at various points in a process of shared decision making. It also identifies the order of outcomes involved in diseases, treatments and their protocols, and therapies in impacting positively on the oral health of a patient.

Keywords:   clinical practice, oral health, decision making, older adults, patient care

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