The temporality of economic decisions applied to clinical reasoning




Clinical Decision-Making, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economics, Medical


INTRODUCTION: Medical thinking lacks economic thinking although temporality plays a crucial role in shared clinical decision-making. Present benefits, such as symptom relief, at times, should not be underestimated in the economic evaluation of medical interventions; and immediate effects in present benefit scenarios allow for valuable feedback, aiding in the assessment of the appropriateness of the chosen intervention. Ultimately, we underscore the need for a nuanced understanding of the interplay between time, costs, and benefits in clinical decision-making.


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dos Santos JVA, Correia LCL. The temporality of economic decisions applied to clinical reasoning. Evidence [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 19 [cited 2024 May 30];6:e5435. Available from:

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