Story-Based Decision Making

Story-based decision making submits that individuals attempt to find meaning in their life experiences, and part of this meaning-making process is achieved through the construction of stories based on preexisting experiences and beliefs. When faced with an unfamiliar predicament, multiple stories can be created. The story that best fits the situation is selected, based on coherence, comprehensiveness, plausibility, and so on. As applied to medical decision making, facts and statistics are often presented in isolation and, therefore, may be difficult to understand or relate to an individual's situation. A story might be able to provide a meaningful contextual frame to guide an individual's decision-making process.

Stories as Decision Aids

Traditional, didactic patient education materials on healthcare prevention and treatment intended to inform patient decision making often lack ...

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