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Title: Models of the medical consultation: opportunities and limitations of a game theory perspective
Authors: Tarrant, Carolyn Clare
Stokes, Tim
Colman, Andrew M.
First Published: 30-Aug-2004
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
Citation: Quality and Safety in Health Care, 2004, 13, pp.461-466
Abstract: The medical consultation is best understood as a two-way social interaction, involving interactive decision making. Hence 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 doctor-patient interaction.
DOI Link: 10.1136/qshc.2003.008417
ISSN: 1475-3898
eISSN: 1470-7934
Links: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/2691
http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/13/6/461
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright © 2004 by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and the Health Foundation. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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