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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:
- Reading activity
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.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- define the concept of clinical decision making (CDM)
- identify the two most commonly used approaches to CDM
- justify the integration of System 1 and System 2 processes in CDM following the dual processing-theory
- identify at least 10 factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic, that influence CDM
- explain the impact of erroneous CDM on health care