Chapter 4. Diagnosis

  1. Chris Del Mar1,
  2. Jenny Doust2 and
  3. Paul Glasziou3

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750568.ch4

Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-Making

Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-Making

How to Cite

Del Mar, C., Doust, J. and Glasziou, P. (eds) (2006) Diagnosis, in Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-Making, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470750568.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Bond University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727917416

Online ISBN: 9780470750568

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Keywords:

  • diagnosis;
  • medicine;
  • illness;
  • blemishes;
  • clinical presentations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The purpose of diagnosis

  • How do doctors diagnose disease?

  • Why do clinicians make diagnostic errors?

  • Differences between experts and novices

  • Intuition and diagnosis

  • Methods to improve diagnostic reasoning: heuristics, probabilistic reasoning and increased feedback on the reasoning process

  • Methods for incorporating probabilistic reasoning into clinical practice

  • Would using Bayesian probability revision improve diagnosis and the ordering of diagnostic tests?

  • Teaching of diagnostic reasoning