Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Online Course: Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Review the processes you use to improve your clinical reasoning

Powered by Physiopedia

Start course

Presented by:

Dale Whelehan

Chartered Physiotherapist and PhD candidate in surgical performance and the influence of sleep deprivation

1-1.5 hours

Summarising the latest research & evidence

Trusted by over - clinicians

Learn anytime, anywhere, on any device

Accredited certificate of completion


Most of our time in clinical practice involves thinking and making decisions, but are we making the best decisions for our patients? Clinical reasoning is proposed as the most important skill of any clinician as it underlies all our decisions that guide our diagnoses and patient management. Research in the field of medicine shows that poor clinical decisions account for up to 80,000 deaths annually in hospitalised patients in the USA. In this course, Dale Whelehan will discuss the most commonly used approaches to clinical decision making (CDM) while also identifying the factors that influence it. This will allow you to assess your own approach to CDM and identify the variables that negatively influence the decisions you make.


This course aims to improve your understanding of the processes underlying clinical decision making and the factors that impede it.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

Preview course


Included with a subscription:

Full access to ALL courses

Course certificate

Accredited for CEUs and CPD

Ask experts your clinical questions

Exclusive community membership

14 day money-back guarantee

And more...

Training 5 or more?

Get your team access to ALL courses plus exercise prescription & telehealth.

Try Physioplus for Teams

Featured reviews