This project will start in January 2019 and is a collaboration between scholars at the University of St. Gallen and the Kantonsspital St. Gallen. The involved researchers from the HSG are Asst. Prof. Dr. Charlotta Sirén, Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, and a Ph.D. candidate who will be recruited for this project. Furthermore, PD Dr. med. Paul Martin Putora and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Theresa Treffers will complement the team. This diverse research team possesses the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge that is required for this research project.
The objective of this one-year interdisciplinary research project is to improve our knowledge of decision making in the medical field, focusing on treatment decision making in oncology with a special focus on decision biases. Decision making in oncology is a complex process with several factors influencing treatment options. Incomplete scientific evidence as well as psychological factors affecting oncologists and patients all complicate decision making. Therefore, the purpose of the project is to develop and test a model that represents how cognitive biases influence physicians’ treatment decisions in order to explain discrepancies in providing treatment options.