Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Decision Making in Health and Medicine
Integrating Evidence and Values

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107690479

£ 93.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Decision making in health care involves consideration of a complex set of diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic uncertainties. Medical therapies have side effects, surgical interventions may lead to complications, and diagnostic tests can produce misleading results. Furthermore, patient values and service costs must be considered. Decisions in clinical and health policy require careful weighing of risks and benefits and are commonly a trade-off of competing objectives: maximizing quality of life vs maximizing life expectancy vs minimizing the resources required. This text takes a proactive, systematic and rational approach to medical decision making. It covers decision trees, Bayesian revision, receiver operating characteristic curves, and cost-effectiveness analysis, as well as advanced topics such as Markov models, microsimulation, probabilistic sensitivity analysis and value of information analysis. It provides an essential resource for trainees and researchers involved in medical decision modelling, evidence-based medicine, clinical epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, public health, health economics, and health technology assessment.

    • Draws on evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research, and health technology assessment, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of medical decision making
    • Uses concepts from clinical medicine, public health, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, psychology
    • The accompanying website contains practical supplementary material for class assignments and as an aid to better understanding
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition: 'This is an impressively comprehensive approach to clinical decision-making with every angle considered, advantages and disadvantages tabulated … there is a great deal of knowledge and information in these chapters, presented with masses of detailed mathematical and statistical analysis.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

    Review of previous edition: '… once I started to read the book, I was gripped. It is very readable, making a complex subject appear crystal clear and easy to understand … this book is a very useful addition to the literature on evidence-based health care, providing clear strategies for incorporating decision analysis into our daily decision making.' Family Practice

    Review of previous edition: 'This book would be a useful acquisition for a statistician who needs the basics of decision-making, and it would certainly be a good book for a non-statistician.' Pharmaceutical Statistics

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107690479
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 107 colour illus. 44 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    About the authors
    List of abbreviations
    1. Elements of decision making in health care
    2. Managing uncertainty
    3. Choosing the best treatment
    4. Valuing outcomes
    5. Interpreting diagnostic information
    6. Deciding when to test
    7. Multiple test results
    8. Finding and summarizing the evidence
    9. Constrained resources
    10. Recurring events
    11. Estimation, calibration and validation
    12. Heterogeneity and uncertainty
    13. Psychology of judgment and choice

  • Resources for

    Decision Making in Health and Medicine

    M. G. Myriam Hunink, Milton C. Weinstein, Eve Wittenberg, Michael F. Drummond, Joseph S. Pliskin, John B. Wong, Paul P. Glasziou

    Lecturer Resources

    General Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to lecturers whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, lecturers should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.

    Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other lecturers may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.

    Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Lecturers are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact

  • Authors

    M. G. Myriam Hunink, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    M. G. Myriam Hunink is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Radiology, Departments of Epidemiology and Radiology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Adjunct Professor of Health Decision Sciences, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA.

    Milton C. Weinstein, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Milton C. Weinstein is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management and Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA.

    Eve Wittenberg, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts
    Eve Wittenberg is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

    Michael F. Drummond, University of York
    Michael F. Drummond is Professor of Health Economics and former Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, York, UK.

    Joseph S. Pliskin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
    Joseph S. Pliskin is the Sidney Liswood Professor of Health Care Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

    John B. Wong, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    John B. Wong is Chief of the Division of Clinical Decision Making, Tufts Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.

    Paul P. Glasziou, Bond University, Queensland
    Paul P. Glasziou is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, and Director, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Australia, and Honorary Professor at the Universities of Oxford and Sydney.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.