ArticleDECIDE A Decision-Making Model for More Effective Decision Making by Health Care ManagersGuo, Kristina L. PhD, MPH Author Information Author Affiliations: Department of Public Administration, Health Care Administration Program, University of Hawaii-West Oahu. Corresponding author: Kristina L. Guo, PhD, MPH, Department of Public Administration, Health Care Administration Program, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, 96-129 Ala Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: April 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 118-127 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000285046.27290.90 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. Copyright © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.