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Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

Clinical reasoning is the foundation of professional clinical practice. Totally revised and updated, this book continues to provide the essential text on the theoretical basis of clinical reasoning in the health professions and examines strategies for assisting learners, scholars and clinicians develop their reasoning expertise.

Paperback, 520 Pages

Published: February 2008

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8885-7


  • Section 1 Clinical reasoning and clinical decision making - nature and context

    1. Clinical decision making and multiple problem spaces
    2. The context for clinical decision making in the 21st century
    3. Clinical reasoning and models of practice
    4. Collaborative decision making
    5. Action and narrative: two dynamics of clinical reasoning
    6. Clinical reasoning and generic thinking skills
    7. Clinical reasoning and patient-centred care
    8. Factors influencing clinical decision making
    9. Dimensions of clinical reasoning capability

    Section 2 Reasoning, Expertise and Knowledge

    10. The development of clinical reasoning expertise
    11. Clinical reasoning and biomedical knowledge: implications for teaching
    12. Expertise and clinical reasoning
    13. Knowledge, reasoning and evidence for practice
    14. Knowledge generation and clinical reasoning in practice
    15. Understanding knowledge as socio-cultural historical phenomenon
    16. Professional practice judgement artistry

    Section 3 Clinical reasoning research trends

    17. Methods in the study of clinical reasoning
    18. A history of clinical reasoning research
    19. A place for new research directions

    Section 4 Clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making approaches

    20. Clinical reasoning in medicine
    21. Clinical reasoning in nursing
    22. Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
    23. Clinical reasoning in dentistry
    24. Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy
    25. Ethical reasoning
    26. Multidisciplinary clinical decision making
    27. Treatment decision making in the medical encounter: the case of shared decision making
    28. Algorithms, clinical pathways and clinical guidelines
    29. Clinical reasoning to facilitate cognitive-experiential change

    Section 5 Communicating about clinical reasoning

    30. Learning to communicate clinical reasoning
    31. Learning the language of clinical reasoning
    32. Beyond the restitution narrative: lived bodies and expert patients
    33. Facilitating clinical decision making in students in intercultural fieldwork placements
    34. Using decision aids to involve clients in clinical decision making

    Section 6 Teaching and learning clinical reasoning

    35. Teaching and learning clinical reasoning
    36. Helping physiotherapy sutdents develop clincial reasoning capability
    37. Speech-language pathology students: learning clinical reasoning
    38. Teaching clinical reasoning in nursing education
    39. Assessing clinical reasoning
    40. Using simulated patients to teach clinical reasoning
    41. Peer coaching to generate clinical reasoning skills
    42. Using open and distance learning to develop clinical reasoning skills
    43. Cultivating a thinking surgeon: using a clinical thinking pathway as a learning and assessment process
    44. Teaching clinical reasoning and culture
    45. Teaching clinical reasoning to medical students
    46. Using case reports to teach clinical reasoning
    47. Using mind mapping to improve students’ metacognition


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