Decision-making in the medical field is complex and does have critical consequences. That’s why we study for years before getting a practice license and need to indulge in continuous medical education besides the experience gained in actual practice.
In seconds we need to decide based on knowledge, expertise, and the new developing situation. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not make the best decision, but it’s usually the best decision at that moment.
While listening to the endless medical PowerPoint presentations at the Urology conference in Alexandria, Egypt, I noticed that we use decision trees. We call them algorithms.
Our textbooks are full of diagnosis and management algorithms.
What is the most used decision tool in your profession?
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