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Je ne regrette rien?
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}

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Well, it might be the soulful line sung through the fogs of cigarette smoke and moody black and white cinematography, but ‘I regret nothing’ is an uncommon position for healthcare professionals and families to be in after making decisions. Regret, rather than maximised expected utility, seems to be the decision driver for lots of things and might explain why we sometimes makeand see madesome seemingly irrational decisions.

There’s a theory about this, which can be captured in the following two scenarios. …

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