Uncertainty – the uncomfortable companion in the decision making which you can´t rid of

Uncertainty related to a decision making is very interesting concept. It is poorly tolerated and it´s nature and extent is also not well understood. Medical decision making is never deterministic and hence uncertainty is present everywhere in medicine. Concept of probability is closely related to the uncertainty. Very crucial part in the patient-doctor communication is […]

Views of orthopaedics – part 2

I continue discussing an excellent editorial published in the BJJ. Alex Trompeter writes: We are now seeing the pendulum swing in terms of treatments we select, as our understanding of the science of fracture fixation improves. Moreimportant, however, is the recognition that the patient’s own experience is the most vital outcome when measuring the success […]

Uncertainty in medical decision making

“The failure to train doctors about clinical uncertainty has been called “the greatest deficiency of medical education throughout the twentieth century.” Djulbegovic (2004), https://www.bmj.com/content/329/7480/1419 Life is full of uncertainties. In decision making uncertainty means that it is impossible to define future outcomes. Amount of medical information continues to grow exponentially, but uncertainty is still inevitable […]