What We Are Reading Today: Patient Care Under Uncertainty by Charles F. Manski

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Tue, 2019-09-03 23:32

Although uncertainty is a common element of patient care, it has
largely been overlooked in research on evidence-based
medicine. 

Patient Care Under Uncertainty strives to correct this glaring
omission, says a review on the Princeton University Press
website. 

Applying the tools of economics to medical decision-making,
Charles Manski shows how uncertainty influences every stage, from
risk analysis to treatment, and how this can be reasonably
confronted.

In the language of econometrics, uncertainty refers to the
inadequacy of available evidence and knowledge to yield accurate
information on outcomes. 

In the context of health care, a common example is a choice
between periodic surveillance or aggressive treatment of patients
at risk for a potential disease, such as women prone to breast
cancer. While these choices make use of data analysis, Manski
demonstrates how statistical imprecision and identification
problems often undermine clinical research and practice.

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What We Are Reading Today: Patient Care Under Uncertainty by Charles F. Manski