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How do we make decisions, like which drink to reach and grab out of a fridge, or which path to take on a hike? Decades of research on decision making has led to powerful models of how options compete within our brains to be selected. However, these models, and the field of decision making in...
Negotiating Rural Land Tenure: An exploration of influential factors in Maasai household decisions to hold land as individual private property in Ewaso Kedong, KenyaDownload
Rural land users in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya find themselves in a period of history with unprecedented levels of change to the way land is held and accessed. In many pastoralists’ settings, including Kajiado County, rangelands are undergoing processes of fragmentation and enclosure...
Boschma, G., Stevens, B., Estabrooks, C.A., Humphrey, C.K., Lander, J., Donner, G., Scott, S., Williams, J., Profetto-McGrath, J., McGilton, K., Watt-Watson, J., Squires, J., O'Brien-Pallas, L., Golden-Biddle, K.
Background: Organizational context plays a central role in shaping the use of research by healthcare professionals. The largest group of professionals employed in healthcare organizations is nurses, putting them in a position to influence patient and system outcomes significantly. However,...
Pharmacists’ Clinical Reasoning and Evaluation of Medication Appropriateness: Descriptive Analyses in Community PracticeDownload
The prevalence of drug-related problems puts a significant burden on the Canadian healthcare system. The literature that suggests that the majority of these drug-related problems are preventable, and could be identified and managed by pharmacists beforehand. This evidence suggests that...
Preference for Autonomy in Consumer Decision Making: On the Antecedents and the Consequences of Consumers' Relinquishment of Decision Control to SurrogatesDownload
This dissertation investigates the psychological processes relevant to consumers’ relinquishment of decision control to surrogates (e.g., physician, financial advisor). While the first essay investigates the antecedents of relinquishing decision control to surrogates, the second essay focuses on...
Risk-taking attitides and their association with process and outcomes of cardiac care: a cohort studyDownload
Ghali, W.A., Knudtson, M.L., King, K.M., Norris, C.M.
Background: Prior research reveals that processes and outcomes of cardiac care differ across sociodemographic strata. One potential contributing factor to such differences is the personality traits of individuals within these strata. We examined the association between risk-taking attitudes and...
The traditional approach to the study of consumer behaviour is to regard them as isolated islands of preferences, needs, motives, and goals; however, this approach neglects the impact of ‘others’ on consumers’ judgments and preferences. For this reason, the theme of this thesis is the ‘connected...
The influence of organizational context on the use of research by nurses in Canadian pediatric hospitals.Download
Kang, S., Squires, J., Estabrooks, C. A., Cummings, G. G., Scott, S., Stevens, B., Hayduk, L.
Background Organizational context is recognized as an important influence on the successful implementation of research by healthcare professionals. However, there is relatively little empirical evidence to support this widely held view. Methods The objective of this study was to identify...
In our everyday lives we often make decisions based on our prior experiences, whether it be choosing to park without putting money in the meter or deciding what to buy as a gift for a loved one. Inevitably, our decisions in the present are informed by our memories of experiences past. In this...