How to Teach Clinical Reasoning

  • David HamelJr.Email author
  • Gurpreet Dhaliwal


Diagnostic errors are a major quality and patient safety issue in medicine. Clinical reasoning is fundamental to accurate diagnosis and therapeutic decision-making. Knowledge of the clinical reasoning process is necessary to address diagnostic error and promote diagnostic excellence. This chapter provides clinical teachers with the tools needed to teach clinical reasoning.


Clinical reasoning Illness scripts Problem representation Script selection 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General Internal MedicineDepartment of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA

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