Clinical reasoning is a complex set of abilities healthcare students have to learn during their studies and continue to further develop in the workplace. Clinical reasoning encompasses the application of knowledge to collect and integrate information from various sources to arrive at a diagnosis and management plan for patients in a shared decision-making process. Due to its multifactorial nature and unconscious components it is both, difficult to learn and teach. A lack of clinical reasoning abilities is a primary cause of cognitive errors in patient care and threats to patient safety including unnecessary pain, treatments, or procedures for patients and increasing the costs of healthcare. In the European Union the number of errors and adverse events in healthcare is estimated at 8-12% of hospitalizations (WHO).
Despite the importance of clinical reasoning for the workplace of healthcare professionals and patient safety there is still a lack of structured and explicit teaching, learning, and assessment of clinical reasoning in healthcare education. Such a training can help to improve patient safety and reduce costs – two priorities of the EU Health policy.
Therefore, the aim of this project is to fill this gap and conceptualize, develop, evaluate, and disseminate a clinical reasoning curriculum in healthcare education for students and a train-the-trainer course for educators on how to teach clinical reasoning.

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Events & Meetings

Medical Education Forum in Kraków

The 2nd international Medical Education Forum (MEF) will take place in Kraków on Sep 23rd and 24th 2020 (It has been moved due to Corona!). The exciting program includes presentations on a variety of topics from DID-ACT experts and a workshop on „How to overcome barriers in explicit teaching of clinical reasoning?“
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DID-ACT kick-off

On January 13th and 14th 2020 the DID-ACT kick-off meeting took place at the medical school of the University of Augsburg, Germany. This event included an interprofessional workshop with 25 participants from the faculty and hospital to discuss the different understandings of clinical reasoning in the healthcare professions and potential needs and barriers for teaching.
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Please contact us at info@did-act.eu if you have any questions or comments concerning the project.

Project coordinator: Inga Hege
Medical Education Sciences, University of Augsburg, Universitätsstr. 2, 86159 Augsburg, Germany

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