Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

3rd Edition


  • Joy Higgs
  • Mark Jones
  • Stephen Loftus
  • Nicole Christensen
  • 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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