In this research stream, I am interested in how people make decisions under risk and uncertainty in the medical context. For example, how well can people infer the preferences of an incapacitated patient, and how should one ideally make such "surrogate decisions"?
Surrogate decision making: The challenge of deciding on behalf of others
Both younger and older persons run the risk of losing the autonomy of making medical treatment decisions for themselves (e.g., due to an accident, or due to dementia). But how to best make surrogate decisions for incapacitated patients? In a series of studies I investigated both the "predictive accuracy" of surrogates, as well as the "procedural preferences" of both potential surrogates and patients. Read more.