The Informed Decisions Toolbox in Healthcare Decision-Making Term Paper by phillygirl

The Informed Decisions Toolbox in Healthcare Decision-Making
This paper discusses the informed-decisions toolbox method of decision-making in healthcare.
# 153719 | 1,310 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 08, 2013 in Business (Management)

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The paper relates that the informed-decisions toolbox was developed by John Hsu and Thomas Rundall to assist in making the best decisions in today's healthcare environment. The paper then explains the six steps in the informed-decisions toolbox that allow a manager to decide on budget cuts and services that will be offered. The paper describes how all external and internal factors will be taken into consideration, and all information will be shared to create the best outcome.

The Informed Decisions Toolbox

From the Paper:

"Historically, management used the classical model of decision making. It was believed that managers made decisions based on what was right and that management did the best by the patients that it came to serve. In the 1950's, a man named Herbert Simon introduced the idea of bounded rationality in which "he believed that people are not necessarily irrational, but that they show bounded rationality" (Polic, 2009). This basically means that decision making is very complex so no matter how well-meaning, a manager cannot possibly think of all scenarios that can occur with decisions that he or she will make over time. Because of this, management will not always come up with what would be the best solution in making a decision and would instead make a decision that is based more upon being satisfactory as opposed to making the best decision possible. This is what is known as the administrative model of decision making and has been in use until recent years. As the economy has changed, so have the demands of patients on the care that they receive in healthcare. Patients want better care, more efficient operations and for the organizations that they receive care from to be more accountable than in the past."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Polic, M. (2009, December). Decision making: between rationality and reality. Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, 7(2), 78-89.
  • Arroyo, L., Butler, P.W., & Curtis, P., Gibson, M., Graetz, I., Hsu, J. (2007, Fall). The informed decisions toolbox: tools for knowledge transfer and performance improvement. Journal of Healthcare Management, 325.
  • Shoemaker, Lone K., Kazley, A.S., White, A. (2010,Fall). Making the case for evidence-based design in healthcare: a descriptive case study of organizational decision making. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 4(1), 56-88.

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