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Title: Models of the medical consultation: opportunities and limitations of a game theory perspective.
Authors: Tarrant, C
Stokes, T
Colman, AM
First Published: Dec-2004
Citation: QUAL SAF HEALTH CARE, 2004, 13 (6), pp. 461-466
Abstract: The medical consultation is best understood as a two-way social interaction involving interactive decision making. Game theory--a theory based on assumptions of rational choice and focusing on interactive decision making--has the potential to provide models of the consultation that can be used to generate empirically testable predictions about the factors that promote quality of care. Three different game structures--the Prisoner's Dilemma game, the Assurance game, and the Centipede game--all provide insights into the possible underlying dynamics of the doctor-patient interaction. Further empirical work is needed to uncover the underlying game structures that occur most commonly in medical consultations. Game theory has the potential to provide a new conceptual and theoretical basis for future empirical work on the interaction between doctors and their patients.
DOI Link: 10.1136/qhc.13.6.461
ISSN: 1475-3898
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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