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Effectiveness of past and current critical incident analysis on reflective learning and practice change

Vachon B, LeBlanc J ...see all

Medical Education : 45: 894–904, vol. 45 (2011) pp. 894-904

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OBJECTIVES Critical incident analysis (CIA) is
one of the strategies frequently used to facilitate
reflective learning. It involves the thorough
description and analysis of an authentic and
experienced event within its specific context.
However, CIA has also been described as
having the potential to expose vulnerabilities,
threaten learners’ coping mechanisms and
increase rather than reduce their anxiety levels.
The aim of this study was to compare the
analysis of current critical incidents with that of
past critical incidents, and to further explore
why and how the former is more conducive to
reflective learning and practice change than
the latter.

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  • B. Vachon

  • J. LeBlanc

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