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Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

  • 4th Edition - October 15, 2018
  • Editors: Joy Higgs, Gail M. Jensen, Stephen Loftus, Nicole Christensen
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 7 0 2 0 - 6 2 2 4 - 7
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 7 0 2 0 - 6 5 0 5 - 7

Clinical reasoning lies at the core of health care practice and education. Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, therefore, occupies a central place in the education of… Read more

Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

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Clinical reasoning lies at the core of health care practice and education. Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, therefore, occupies a central place in the education of health professionals, the enhancement of professional decision making of individuals and groups of practitioners with their clients, and research into optimal practice reasoning.

Key themes presented:

Clinical reasoning as a composite of encultured capabilities

Clinical reasoning embedded within situated practice including the wider socio-economic and political contexts, the practitioner’s and the client’s contexts, and shared goals such as promoting health communities

The importance of narratives, language and culture in clinical decision making

Changing reasoning practices linked to increasing autonomy of practitioners working without the requirement of medical referrals

Clinical reasoning as an increasingly team-based practice, including shared decision making with clients

The need for sound strategies and tools to facilitate the expanding collaborations in health care across disciplines and with clients and carers

Advanced education approaches promoting expansion and enhancement of reasoning strategies

The importance of building good practices for learning clinical reasoning into curricula and into students’ own practice development approaches

Strengthening links between orthodox and complementary medicine reasoning practices

New to this edition:

All chapters updated and 20 new chapters added

Concrete examples, cases and vignettes were added to bring discussions to life for the reader

Reflection points strategically placed to assist readers to extend their insights and build learning from their own practical experiences and theoretical knowledge

Devices of particular value to reflective practitioners and educators.

This is a book for teachers and learners, practitioners, practice leaders, researchers and curriculum managers. Indeed, it is a valuable resource for educators seeking to ground their teaching practices in educational theory, sound knowledge of clinical reasoning and practice-based evidence, and researchers seeking to expand their research horizons.