Clinical reasoning is a complex process that uses cognition and discipline-specific knowledge to gather and analyze patient information, evaluate its significance, and weigh alternative actions. The way how clinical reasoning is conceptualized varies across health professions. It includes tasks such as data gathering and interpretation, synthesizing information, generating hypotheses and diagnoses, developing management plans that respects the patients’ perspective, and avoiding cognitive errors. It is recognized as a key professional competency for practicing healthcare professionals.
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