Applying Game Theory Models to Inpatient Medicine: Opportunities to Improve Care

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J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2023 Jan 10;13(1):20-24. doi: 10.55729/2000-9666.1135. eCollection 2023.


Inpatient hospital costs have been increasing exponentially in the United States. Part of this increase is attributed to over and undertreatment, leading to higher costs and potential patient harm. Research improving clinician-patient interactions can help minimize and optimize the costs. Game theory has the ability improve clinician-patient interaction by modeling outcomes. Using variations of game theory, the bad doctor bad patient stigma can reframed to incentives. We believe the use of different models (prisoner dilemma, centipede game, assurance game, and chicken game) can outline the challenges faced during common inpatient scenarios, including end of life conversations and aggressive procedures. Applying game theory to multiple inpatient scenarios may also assist with analysis during morbidity and mortality conferences and quality improvement projects.

PMID:36817294 | PMC:PMC9924631 | DOI:10.55729/2000-9666.1135

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