From clinical reasoning to effective clinical decision making—new training methods

  • Wadowski P
  • Steinlechner B
  • Schiferer A
  • et al.
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This opinion article discusses new training methods for clinical reasoning and help in effective clinical decision making. Identification of causes and immediate adjustment to treatment of acute thrombocytopenia occurring in patients in the intensive care unit is required to avoid imminent complications. Hence it is important to train awareness and clinical decision making of students in the medical curriculum. Therefore, real-life cases were transferred into an interactive eLearning platform comprising the steps of patient assessment and therapeutic decisions. Medical students should practice everyday patient evaluation and learn the value of interdisciplinary team communication as well as the application of the 4Ts score and crucial disease pathophysiology. The concept of interactive case-based learning methods should be developed further and established as a training program for residents. Case-based question-driven learning provides a solid basis for associative and procedural learning that is necessary in clinical reasoning processes. In order to provide a diversity of case-based learning materials several other domains establish their learning cases in eLearning/blended learning scenarios. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)




Wadowski, P. P., Steinlechner, B., Schiferer, A., & Löffler-Stastka, H. (2015). From clinical reasoning to effective clinical decision making—new training methods. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.

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