First Advisor

Larry A. Steward

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication






Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center, Hemodialysis -- Decision making



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1 online resource (89 p.)


This study reports on the application of decision theory to 12 members of a dialysis program through the use of a survey and an interview. This application resulted in the determination of five salient issues which contribute to identifying decision making practices. In addition, this application determined the overall decision method, the participant's perception of the process, and the perceived affects of the crisis on patient care. To determine the decision making methods employed prior to and following the "crisis" date two methods were used, a survey and a follow-up interview. These two methods served to address the following:

A. The Decision Making Survey addressed the characteristics of the decision making process. These characteristics were then applied to a participative decision making continuum.

B. The Decision Making Interview determined the validity of the survey responses, acted as a second method for determining decision making characteristics, and addressed the secondary issues of this study, i.e., decision alternatives and patient care.


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