The language of clinical reasoning

Stephen Loftus, Joy Higgs

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In this chapter, we examine the role of language in clinical reasoning. We consider that attention to this aspect of clinical reasoning can help all healthcare professionals come to a deeper understanding of what clinical reasoning is. An awareness of how language works in practice can help novices master the intricacies of clinical reasoning. This awareness can also help teachers develop appropriate pedagogies that can assist students to develop mastery of clinical reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical reasoning in the health professions
EditorsJoy Higgs, Gail M. Jensen, Stephen Loftus, Nicole Christensen
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780702065057
ISBN (Print)9780702062247
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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