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GPs' decisions on drug treatment for patients with high cholesterol values: A think-aloud study
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2004 (English)In: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, ISSN 1472-6947, E-ISSN 1472-6947, Vol. 4, no 23Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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Background The purpose was to examine how General Practitioners (GPs) use clinical information and rules from guidelines in their decisions on drug treatment for high cholesterol values. Methods Twenty GPs were presented with six case vignettes and were instructed to think aloud while successively more information about a case was presented, and finally to decide if a drug should be prescribed or not. The statements were coded for the clinical information to which they referred and for favouring or not favouring prescription. Results The evaluation of clinical information was compatible with decision-making as a search for reasons or arguments. Lifestyle-related information like smoking and overweight seemed to be evaluated from different perspectives. A patient's smoking favoured treatment for some GPs and disfavoured treatment for others. Conclusions The method promised to be useful for understanding why doctors differ in their decisions on the same patient descriptions and why rules from the guidelines are not followed strictly.

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2004. Vol. 4, no 23
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-659OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:659DiVA, id: diva2:519413
Available from: 2004-12-08 Created: 2004-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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