medical decision dashboard that provides patients with a recommended treatment
option based on patient-ranked criteria. The dashboard is designed to help
patients develop meaningful understandings of the differences between
alternative resources and management strategies in order to make informed
judgments about treatment methods and/or approaches.
This technology will
be used to support health care decision making at both the clinical and policy
levels. The framework itself could also be adapted for use in any situation that
involves complex decision making, meaning, any decision making situation that
contains a variety of alternatives, which each offer differing combinations of
strengths and weaknesses. The dashboard can be used to support decisions made by
individuals and groups.
decision support systems using multi-criteria methods rely primarily on a single
method. The defining characteristic of this integrated multi-criteria decision
framework is that it employs a unique combination of decision aiding techniques
into a single integrated decision support package. All of the methods included
in the framework exist and are used to support decision making. Combining them
into an integrated package meets several of the currently unmet needs:
allows users to choose a method that is appropriate for their own needs and
preferences as well as the requirements of each specific decision making
providing multiple ways to think about a decision problem, it will help decision
makers gain more insight and understanding into a decision than possible with
any single method.