Decision Making Related to Health

When Could/Should Children Act Responsibly?
  • Charles E. Lewis
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


In the literature related to health, references to decision making usually are concerned with the actions of physicians. Simulations of clinical decision making have been developed to assist in the instruction and practice of physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. Decision analysis is employed in studying diagnostic problem-solving. In contrast, the health-related actions of individuals—their lifestyles, risk-taking, and use of health services—are studied as behaviors affected by beliefs, attitudes, and social norms. Although people are seen as making decisions about when to seek care and which option to select for treatment (if any options are presented), the general impression to be gained from this literature is that people behave and physicians decide.


Lesson Plan High User Swine Influenza Disadvantaged Family Health Content 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. Lewis
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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