Linking decision-making research and cancer prevention and control: Important themes

Kevin D. McCaul, Ellen Peters, Wendy Nelson, Michael Stefanek

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This article describes 6 themes underlying the multiple presentations from the Basic and Applied Decision Making in Cancer Control meeting, held February 19-20, 2004. The following themes have important implications for research and practice linking basic decision-making research to cancer prevention and control: (a) Traditional decision-making theories fail to capture real-world decision making, (b) decision makers are often unable to predict future preferences, (c) preferences are often constructed on the spot and thus are influenced by situational cues, (d) decision makers often rely on feelings rather than beliefs when making a decision, (e) the perspective of the decision maker is critical in determining preferences, and (f) informed decision making may-or may not-yield the best decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S106-S110
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Cancer research
  • Decision preferences
  • Decision-making themes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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