Decisional Conflict

Every day, people face healthcare decisions involving trade-offs between potential benefits and risks. Which birth control method should I use? Are my symptoms (acne, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hot flashes, chronic pain) bad enough to warrant stronger medication with potentially more serious side effects? Should I have surgery for poorly controlled benign uterine bleeding, back pain, benign prostatic hyperplasia, obesity, osteoarthritis? Should my relative receive care for dementia or terminal illness at home or at a care facility?

Decision making is the process of choosing between alternative courses of action (including inaction). Generally, people choose the option that they perceive will be effective in achieving valued outcomes and in avoiding undesirable outcomes. However, many decisions are choice dilemmas or conflicted decisions. No alternative will satisfy all personal ...

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