decision making

What is decision making?


  • Develop a better understanding of Decision Making and how to assess performance through debriefing.

  • Analyse your own Decision Making practice and evaluate other's practice.

Estimated time to complete: 70 minutes

Throughout these bite-sized lessons we cannot hope to cover all of the content needed in the depth desired by all readers. The intention is to cover some core principles and flag key papers which can be used as springboards for your personal development.

Next steps:

Well, that depends on who you ask and the context which you're looking at it from.

Key points to look for when debriefing include:

  • What elements impacted on decisions made through the scenario?

  • What previous experiences do learners have which may have influenced their practice?

  • Were any assumptions made?

  • Why did participants act the way they did & what emotions were associated with these?

further learning

Simulation can also help learners to better understand decision making - examples of this can be found here and here.

One interesting approach to considering how we can use simulation to teach decision making is explored in this paper with focus on combating cognitive biases.

An interesting discussion about decision making using Bayes' Theorem can be found here.

A pool of resources about Clinical Reasoning are available from the Clinical Resource in Medical Education group (UK CReME).

An in depth, but accessible, review of of decision making and working with probabilities is available through this book, Algorithms to Live By, by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths.

Another great example of this includes Thinking Fast and Slow by D Kahnemann, which has also been neatly summarised in this article by Pat Croskerry about clinical decision making and expanded further here - both aricticles are must reads.

See one paper below and its connected articles for a wider review of the literature:

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