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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior$
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David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190499037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190499037.001.0001

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Affect and Clinical Decision-Making

Affect and Clinical Decision-Making

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(p.400) 18 Affect and Clinical Decision-Making
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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior
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Jane Heyhoe

Rebecca Lawton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190499037.003.0018

In the chapter “Affect and Clinical Decision-Making,” theoretical and empirical literature from within and outside healthcare are drawn on to understand the role of affect in clinical decision-making at the individual and team level. Theories of individual decision-making are summarized and psychological models of decision-making and current knowledge of thought processes are presented to explain the role of affect in judgment and behavior in healthcare settings. Three types of affect: anticipatory affect, incidental affect, and anticipated affect are discussed in detail and used to illustrate how affective states may play a role in different clinical contexts and settings. Gaps in the existing evidence base are identified, and suggestions are made for interventions that might support health professionals to make better decisions.

Keywords:   affect, clinical decision-making, individual judgment, social mood, team climate

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