ASPS Expert Model Example
The Base Expert Model of Influences on Potential Patient Decision Making Regarding Plastic Surgery (Fig. 2.3) provides an overview of the context in which the decision to have plastic surgery is made by the consumer, as estimated by experts. Thirteen experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery were interviewed, and their knowledge was integrated to create an expert model illustrating their understanding of the key influences on individuals’ decisions to have plastic surgery. Note the arrows or influences that link related nodes or variables that define the decision-making context. The experts believed that an individual’s Evaluation of Surgeon, for example, would be a driving influence on their decisions. This Model
Fig. 2.3 Base expert model of influences on potential patient decision making regarding plastic surgery
was then used to design the protocol for in-depth mental models interviews with potential patients and subsequent interview analysis.
The following narrative describes the Model .