Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780750688857, 9780702037672

Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

3rd Edition

Authors: Joy Higgs Mark Jones Stephen Loftus Nicole Christensen
Print ISBN: 9780750688857
eBook ISBN: 9780702037672
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th February 2008
Page Count: 520


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.

Key Features

  • key chapters revised and updated
  • nature of clinical reasoning sections have been expanded
  • increase in emphasis on collaborative reasoning
  • core model of clinical reasoning has been revised and updated

Table of Contents

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


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About the Author

Joy Higgs

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-Director, Strategic Development, The Education for Practice Institute, Division of Student Learning; Strategic Research Professor in Professional Practice, The Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning & Education (RIPPLE) at Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

Mark Jones

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Director; Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Stephen Loftus

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Medical Education, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA

Nicole Christensen

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Physical Therapy / Doctor of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California, USA