This paper represents some early work of a research project currently in progress which is being undertaken by the author while receiving a Nursing Research Studentship from the Department of Health and Social Security.
Clinical reasoning in nursing*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 185–192, March 1988
How to Cite
Jones, J. A. (1988), Clinical reasoning in nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 13: 185–192. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1988.tb01407.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 27 April 1987
This paper traces the development ofthe concept of nursing diagnosis and the various approaches being used to explain the cognitive processes used by practitioners in diagnosing patient problems. Three main types of explanation are compared; hypothesis generation/testing, decision analysis, and the information processing model. The recent development ofthe latter approach within the field of artificial intelligence is described and expert system research introduced. Finally, the potential benefits ofthe advent of expert systems into nursing are discussed.