Clinical Reasoning

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  • The process of acquiring and interpreting clinical data to determine the etiology of a patient’s presenting complaint
  • Involves having a framework for storing and organizing medical knowledge effectively, which is critical for avoiding diagnostic error
  • The experienced clinician uses problem representation, searches through “illness scripts” to make a diagnosis, and employs strategies to avoid cognitive biases.

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