World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 23, Issue 12, pp 1227–1231 | Cite as

Decision Analysis for the Surgeon

  • Daryl S. Kucey


Surgical practice, by nature, is full of important decision making scenarios. Surgeons have begun to utilize the decision sciences as a methodology of approaching clinically relevant surgical problems. This article provides a brief overview of some of the important concepts of the decision sciences as they apply to practicing surgeons. Concepts discussed include the basic principles behind decision trees, valuing outcomes, and Markov modeling as well as the pros and cons of the decision analytic approach. Decision analysis is a valuable aid in determining answers to clinical scenarios, and understanding the principles behind this methodology is an important addition to the armamentarium of all practicing surgeons.


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© Société Internationale de Chirugie 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daryl S. Kucey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, The Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L5, CanadaCA

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