Clinical Judgement and Decision Making
Mode of study:
Why study with us?
This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in clinical judgement and decision-making, in relation to the assessment and care management of patients/clients.
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*HPHG6008 Clinical Judgement and Decision Making (40 credits at level 6)
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion, you will be able to:
Develop knowledge and critical understanding of theories and frameworks of clinical decision-making that will support clinical judgement in practice
Enhance your knowledge and skills in the management of uncertainty and the application of reasoning in the assessment and management of care
Critically examine the legal, professional and ethical dimensions of applying clinical judgement and decision making in practice
Critically evaluate ways in which evidenced based practice will support clinical judgment and clinical decision-making
Critically reflect on the use of problem solving strategies in the use of clinical judgement and decision-making in practice
Indicative core bibliography
Huber, D, L. (2005) Leadership and Nursing Care Management, 3rd edn. Philadelphia: Elsevier.
Hopcroft, K. and Forte, V. (2007) Symptom Sorter, 3rd edn. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing
Longmore, M., Wilkinson, I.B.,Turmezei, T., Cheung, C. K. (2007) Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. Oxford University Press
Melnyk, B. and Fineout-Overholt, E. (2005) Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
McGhee, M. (2008) A Guide to Laboratory Investigations, 5th edn. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing
Standing, M. (2010) Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making: In Nursing and Interprofessional Care. Buckingham: OUP.
Standing, M. (2008) Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing – Nine Modes of Practice in a Revised Cognitive Continuum. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62, (1), p.124-134.
The module adopts a problem based learning approach and explores the application of theories and frameworks to clinical judgement and clinical decision making in practice; related legal, professional and ethical issues; reasoning and the management of uncertainty in patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions.
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
More information about levels and credits.
Credit and UCAS requirements
Credit: 40 credits
Students must have studied an assessment and physical examination skills module or equivalent to be eligible to study this module. Only qualified health care professionals will be eligible to study this module.
To be eligible to study this module, students must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment. When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award
*Cannot be taken in combination with HPHG6044 Clinical Decision Making for Health Care Professionals
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