Essential Decision Making and Clinical Judgement for Nurses - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443067273, 9780702061622

Essential Decision Making and Clinical Judgement for Nurses

1st Edition

Authors: Carl Thompson Dawn Dowding
eBook ISBN: 9780702061622
eBook ISBN: 9780702042522
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 17th July 2009
Page Count: 288

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This book provides the skills and knowledge to use information effectively when exercising professional judgement and clinical decisions. By integrating theory with practical examples, it provides an overview of the key issues facing nurses in decision making today.

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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About the Author

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 in Clinical Decision Making, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Former Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, USA