DECIDE: a decision-making model for more effective decision making by health care managers

Health Care Manag (Frederick). Apr-Jun 2008;27(2):118-27. doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000285046.27290.90.


The purpose of this article is to describe a step-by-step process for decision making, and a model is developed to aid health care managers in making more quality decisions, which ultimately determines the success of organizations. The DECIDE model is the acronym of 6 particular activities needed in the decision-making process: (1) D = define the problem, (2) E = establish the criteria, (3) C = consider all the alternatives, (4) I = identify the best alternative, (5) D = develop and implement a plan of action, and (6) E = evaluate and monitor the solution and feedback when necessary. The DECIDE model is intended as a resource for health care managers when applying the crucial components of decision making, and it enables managers to improve their decision-making skills, which leads to more effective decisions.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Facility Administrators*
  • Humans