I run a research consulting group that focuses on the problem of how to reduce healthcare-associated harm. One of my interests for a long time has been how to make medical decision-making more robust and less subject to human error that is common, especially when dealing with uncertainty. I have published and spoken widely on these topics, and every time it is fascinating how this thinking applies to all areas of life, not just healthcare. I did my undergraduate work at Brown, medical school at BU and got my MPH at UMass, where I am now on the faculty.
I am passionate about learning. My mission is to facilitate understanding of how to access, assess and utilize knowledge in healthcare.
The human mind is prone to making subconscious shortcuts that most of the time serve us well, but sometimes can get us into a whole lot of trouble. These shortcuts originate from our proneness to stereotyping. It is an adaptation that is useful for evading predators, but not for making decisions in our current information-saturated age. In healthcare these errors are particularly pernicious, as they result in poor individual and public health outcomes. It seems that many current conversations in healthcare are driven by these erroneous shortcuts. In my work I uncover these errors in thinking and explain how rational decision techniques can help avoid these traps and change the conversation. And although I am focused mostly in healthcare, these techniques can be applied to the rest of our lives.
Talk to me about anything to do with knowledge, thinking and decisions. Or epidemiology, outcomes, clinical research.
I also write short short fiction, and one of my stories was recently chosen as a runner up in a competition (you can find it here: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/818)
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