Essential Decision Making and Clinical Judgement for Nurses

1st Edition


  • Carl Thompson
  • Dawn Dowding
  • Key Features

    • Review of up-to-date research into clinical professional judgement and decision making
    • Focus on evidence and skills and knowledge relevant to nursing practice
    • Combines current theory with analysis of applications in practice
    • Learning exercises and self-assessment components in each chapter
    • Comprehensive coverage of subject

    Table of Contents

    1 Introduction

    2 Uncertainty and nursing

    3 Probability - the language of uncertainty

    4 Using information in decision making

    5 Theoretical approaches

    6 What is a ‘good’ judgement or decision?

    7 When decision making goes wrong

    8 Avoiding errors

    9 Diagnosis for nurses

    10 Prognosis in nursing

    11 Evidence-based decisions - the role of decision analysis

    12 The economics of clinical decision making

    13 Involving patients in decision making

    14 Communicating risks and benefits

    15 Teaching clinical decision making and judgement


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    © 2009
    Churchill Livingstone
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    About the authors

    Carl Thompson

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor (Personal Chair), Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK Senior Lecturer

    Dawn Dowding

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Applied Health Research School of Health Care University of Leeds Leeds, UK