Looking at Patients' Choices through the Lens of Expected Utility: A Critique and Research Agenda

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, and Department of Economics, Rutgers University, 112 Paterson St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA.
Medical Decision Making (Impact Factor: 2.27). 06/2012; 32(4):527-31. DOI: 10.1177/0272989X12451339
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ABSTRACT The expected utility framework underlies much research in medical decision making. Because the framework requires decisions to be decomposed into probabilities of states and the values of those states, researchers have investigated the two components separately from each other and from patients' actual decisions. The authors propose that it would be productive to focus more research on the relationships among risk perceptions, outcome valuations, and choices in the same decision makers. They outline exploratory analyses based on two existing national surveys, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health.

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