Clinical reasoning in the health professions, 2nd Edition.


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Lord B. Clinical reasoning in the health professions, 2nd Edition. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2003Oct.6 [cited 2023Jan.26];1(3). Available from:


Decisions relating to the timely and effective delivery of prehospital care depend on “clinical reasoning”, a skill that integrates extensive clinical experience and domain specific knowledge to support the collection and evaluation of clinical data, and the synthesis of information to guide patient management decisions. In contrast to health care centred within an institution where decisions can be supported by expert opinion, access to medical records, and advanced diagnostic tests, patient care in the prehospital domain usually requires independent, time critical decision making in an environment where similar support is unavailable or incomplete. Hence sound and reliable thinking and decision-making skills are fundamental to prehospital practice.