Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I have started reading it three times and just can’t get into it.
John Lumpkin to the rescue! His engaging 15-minute talk places Kahneman’s essential points in the context of his experience as a clinician and as an observer of our current health care landscape:
Lumpkin’s call for “personalized health” to help people make decisions based on what is important to them, in the current context of their lives, resonates with what E-patient Dave wrote in a comment earlier this year connecting behavioral economics to health care culture change. Essentially: we need to stay based in reality, fight naiveté, and respect different ways of thinking.
On Friday I’m going to be talking about sharing data and decisions for health with Sally Okun, Francisco Grajales, and Amy Abernethy (if you don’t know them, click and be envious). I’ll share the latest findings about the reality of health data collection in the U.S. and I’ll be listening for more examples of how we can harness the power of thinking, fast and slow, about health care.
Ideas welcome on any of the above, particularly if you have tips for which sections of Kahneman’s book I really should read.