Clinical Thinking, Evidence, Communication, and DecisionMaking

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1076
  1. Don Eby, Emergency physician, Owen Sound, Canada

    This slim book has the ambitious goal of helping doctors understand the clinical thinking needed to practise successfully.

    The authors are primary care academics who recognise that clinical practice is about finding the way through a maze of complexity and uncertainty. While there are many interesting nuggets in the book, the authors occasionally fall into the trap of theorists who construct ways clinicians could or should think in an ideal world. These constructs and practice aids may help to think through an unfamiliar situation. However, they do not reflect how clinicians usually think in practice. …

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