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Fundamentals of Medical Decision Making, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 days
    Duration

Overview

Given the uncertainty, trade-offs and values that are involved, how should patients, policymakers and clinicians navigate through a complex and tangled web of diagnostic and therapeutic choices, patient preferences, and resource constraints to make optimal decisions? Medical interventions may have benefits but also adverse effects, e.g., surgery may lead to undesirable complications, and diagnostic technologies may produce false or inconclusive results.

In many clinical and health policy decisions it is necessary to counterbalance benefits and harms and to trade off competing objectives such as maximizing life expectancy vs. optimizing quality of life vs. minimizing the resources required. 

In this Fundamentals of Medical Decision Making programme from Erasmus University Rotterdam we will discuss a proactive approach to such decisions and discuss the basic concepts underlying decision analysis in order to integrate evidence and values for optimal and efficient care choices in the face of uncertainty. 

Topics include diagnostic reasoning, test interpretation, treatment thresholds, test-treat thresholds, estimating life expectancy, quality of life assessment, health technology, decision models and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Objectives

The student is able to:

  • Apply a systematic rational approach to decision making in health care
  • Recognize the role of uncertainty in testing and treatment decisions
  • Assess, value and weigh benefits and harms in medical decision making
  • Describe how to consider economic costs in health care policy decisions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 days
  • Credits
    0.7 alternative credits

    EC points

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Disciplines

  • Clinical Research
  • Clinical Epidemiology

Audience

Participant profile

Those interested in learning how to improve the process by which medical decisions are made in clinical practice for individuals and in health policy for populations.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    710 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 710 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 4 days.
  • EU/EEA

    710 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 710 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 4 days.
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Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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