Knowing for the sake of knowing: the value of prognostic information.

  title={Knowing for the sake of knowing: the value of prognostic information.},
  author={David A Asch and Jeff Patton and John C. Hershey},
  journal={Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making},
  volume={10 1},
In evaluating diagnostic tests, traditional methods in decision analysis often emphasize how the results of the test will or will not affect patient management. Clinicians are advised to avoid testing if the results will not alter treatment strategy or other management plans. But patients may be interested in the prognostic information that testing provides even if it is not used to guide treatment. The authors present a model that defines this prognostic information as the expected deviation… CONTINUE READING

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