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Clinical Reasoning Resources

What is Clinical Reasoning?

Clinical reasoning initially involves assessing a patient’s relevant health problems and hypothesizing about what mechanisms are causing these problems. The clinical reasoning process normally entails:

  • The patient presentation
  • Articulating the key patient problems
  • Hypothesizing about possible causes
  • Eliciting additional information
  • Researching the likely hypotheses
  • Confirming a hypothesis

A cross sectional study of students' information resources revealed that students proceed through cases presented using a 2 phase process. 

1. The Brainstorming Phase -  involves searching for possible hypotheses for the patient's problems. 

2. The Confirmation Phase -  involves verifying these and other hypotheses

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