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The Use of “Risk” in Decision-making

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2010

Michel Silberfeld
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and University of Toronto


Cet article discute des limites auxquelles il faut faire face quand la notion de risque devient le facteur-clé dans une évaluation clinique. Ainsi, on présente la capacité de se choisir une place en centre d'accueil, pour illustrer la façon dont le problème est défini. En l'absence de composante évaluative, il est démontré que l'information habituellement recueillie ne peut être utilisée pour évaluer les risques sans y inclure un élément normatif. Une discussion concernant la nature du risque montre que les orientations normatives sont inhérentes à la perception du risque. Les principaux inconvénients, de permettre que les résultats soient étroitement rattachés à la notion de risque, sont de deux ordres: (1) les probabilités des risques ne sont pas connues et (2) les enjeux, chargés de valeurs, demeurent inconnus.

Copyright © Canadian Association on Gerontology 1992

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