The Rationale of Clinical Problem Solving

  • Donald L. Crombie


Modern medical care systems become ever complex but their main purpose remains unchanged. That purpose is to help individuals solve or ameliorate their clinical problems while maintaining maximal social competence. Conventional clinical problems are those of which the patient is aware and for which he initiates the problem solving process. Increasingly, medical care systems under pressure from society, are extending this narrower purpose to include presympto-matic detection and to extend the strategy of prevention wherever possible. I shall be focussing here on conventional clinical problem solving partly because this is still the main area of activity of the system and partly because good clinical assessment strategies incorporate the useful presymptomatic diagnostic and preventive procedures as their relevance is demonstrated (1).


Clinical Problem Social Component Primary Care Team Diagnostic Label Medical Care System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. Crombie
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  1. 1.Royal College of General PractitionersHarborne, BirminghamUK

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