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Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy, Decision Science, and Management


Being diagnosed with cancer often forces patients and families to make difficult medical decisions. How patients think they and others will feel in the future, termed affective predictions, may influence these decisions. These affective predictions are often biased, which may contribute to suboptimal care outcomes by influencing decisions related to palliative care and advance care planning.This paper aims to translate perspectives from the decision sciences to inform future research about when and how affective predictions may influence decisions about palliative care and advance care planning.ery of palliative care.


Ellis, Erin M., Amber E. Barnato, Gretchen B. Chapman, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Jennifer S. Lerner, Ellen Peters, Wendy L. Nelson, Lynne Padgett, Jerry Suls, and Rebecca A. Ferrer. "Towards a Conceptual Model of Affective Predictions in Palliative Care." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 57.6 (June 2019): 1151-1165.