Online Course: Heuristics in Clinical Decision Making
Improve your clinical practice by recognising and addressing your cognitive biases
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Sound clinical decision making is the foundation for optimal patient management. Clinicians are forced to make many decisions under uncertainty on a daily basis. The majority of these decisions are made using heuristics - simple cognitive short-cuts that help us make decisions quickly and mostly accurately. But heuristics are also prone to error or what is otherwise known as cognitive bias. Considering the impact our decisions have on the lives of our patients, it is imperative to understand what heuristics are and which cognitive biases inform our own decision making. By reflecting on our own cognitive biases, we are able to engage strategies to mitigate (debias) them and provide better, more effective care to our patients.
This course aims to introduce you to different heuristics and cognitive biases that influence our clinical decision making and undermine the efficacy of our patient management.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 1 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:
- select an appropriate definition for heuristics and cognitive biases
- identify the impact that heuristics and cognitive biases have on our clinical decision making
- accurately assess the impact that nine heuristics and cognitive biases have on clinical decisions based on a case scenario
- identify six appropriate cognitive debiasing strategies to mitigate against heuristics and cognitive bias.
Taryn De Araujo Sousa
Excellent course - would definitely recommend
Physiotherapist, United States
Physioplus is an extremely helpful resource. I have been out of ‘hands on’ Physiotherapy for a few years (doing humanitarian work abroad), and this has given me up to date, evidence based research and guidelines. I wish I’d discovered it earlier: it would have saved me a lot of trawling around the Internet for high quality articles.