Case-based clinical reasoning in feline medicine 3: Use of heuristics and illness scripts

Martin L Whitehead, Paul J Canfield, Robert Johnson, Carolyn R O'Brien, Richard Malik

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Aim: This is Article 3 of a three-part series on clinical reasoning that encourages practitioners to explore and understand how they think and make case-based decisions. It is hoped that, in the process, they will learn to trust their intuition but, at the same time, put in place safeguards to diminish the impact of bias and misguided logic on their diagnostic decision-making.

Series outline: Article 1, published in the January 2016 issue of JFMS, discussed the relative merits and shortcomings of System 1 thinking (immediate and unconscious) and System 2 thinking (effortful and analytical). In Article 2, published in the March 2016 issue, ways of managing cognitive error, particularly the negative impact of bias, in making a diagnosis were examined. This final article explores the use of heuristics (mental short cuts) and illness scripts in diagnostic reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-426
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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