Decision Making Case Study Essay

1189 Words Aug 19th, 2010 5 Pages
Decision Making Case Study
Nadine Ranger Week 3
HCS/514
August 23, 2010
Sara Brown

Decision-Making Case Study Effective decision-making is a major component in managing an organization, resources, and staff members. Managers make important decisions daily that affect the operations, quality, and success of their organization. Instituting evidence informed decision-making is a growing concept among health care organizations, but managers face several challenges including time pressures and lack of resources to determine quality information. The use of adequate decision-making tools and resources help managers make strategically important decisions as well as develop and improve
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The Toolbox Rundall et al. developed a tool they call the Informed Decisions Toolbox or IDT, which they suggest will help make better evidence-informed management decisions. Evidence-informed decision-making is the process of gathering and analyzing the best evidence available and making an informed decision based on that knowledge (National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools [NCCMT], n.d.). The process of evidence-informed decision-making involves six steps. Each of these six steps can be used as a tool for improving decision-making which help the manger to overcome the barriers experienced in using this decision technique. The six steps include defining or framing the question, searching for relevant evidence or source of information, appraising the quality of the data, determining the relevance or applicability of the data, analyzing actionability, and evaluating the possible outcome of the decision (Health-evidence.ca, n.d.). Essentially, organizational support of the managers’ use of the tools assists in the decision-making process, making the manager less reliant on anecdotal evidence and consultants (Rundall et al., 2007). The IDT suggests that