Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice Improving the Quality of Judgments and Decisions

ISBN-10: 0470904380
ISBN-13: 9780470904381
Edition: 3rd 2012
Authors: Eileen Gambrill
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 5/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

The knowledge and skills of critical thinking, evidence-based practice, problem solving, judgment, and decision making are essential to effectively serve clients in all types of clinical practices. Gambrill teaches clinicians and students how to avoid fallacies and biases in thinking as well as the skills to make well-informed, ethical decisions. The book is premised on the belief is that clinical decision making is a challenging process that can be improved by honing the skills integral to evidence-based practice-in other words, these are skills that can be taught and improved over time. Part I lays the foundation for critical thinking in clinical practice and Part II explores common sources of error. Parts III and IV provide practical guidance with decision aides and applications of critical thinking skills to clinical decision making. Part V concludes the book with a look at the lifelong learning implications of critical thinking and decision making skills.

Preface
Lay of the Land
The Need for Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice
Sources of Influence on Clinical Decisions
Reasons and Reasoning: The Heart of Making Decisions
Different Views of Knowledge and How to Get It: Exploring Your Personal Epistemology
Common Sources of Error
The Influence of Language and Persuasion Strategies
Formal and Informal Fallacies: Mistakes in Thinking and How to Avoid Them
Classification, Authority, and Focusing on Pathology
Decision Aids
Content and Procedural Knowledge
Taking Advantage of Research on Judgment, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Evidence-Based Practice: A Philosophy and Process for Making Informed Decisions
Posing Questions and Searching for Answers
Critical Appraisal of Practice- and Policy-Related Research: The Need for Skepticism
Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Clinical Decisions
Making Decisions About Data Collection
Discovering Causes of Clients' Problems: Common Biases
Making Predictions: Improving the Odds
Enhancing the Quality of Case Conferences, Team Meetings, and Organizational Culture
The Future
Overcoming Personal Obstacles to Critical Thinking
Maintaining Critical Thinking Skills
References
About the Author
Author Index
Subject Index

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