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Clinical Judgement in the Health and Welfare Professions: Extending the Evidence Base: Book by Susan White

Clinical Judgement in the Health and Welfare Professions: Extending the Evidence Base

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ISBN: 9780335208746    Publisher: Open University Press Year of publishing: 2003     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        
"I recommend this text to anyone who has an abiding interest in not how we should make decisions but how, in reality, we do." - "Journal of Clinical Nursing". How do clinicians use formal knowledge in their...Read more
"I recommend this text to anyone who has an abiding interest in not how we should make decisions but how, in reality, we do." - "Journal of Clinical Nursing". How do clinicians use formal knowledge in their practice? What other kinds of reasoning are used? What is the place of moral judgement in clinical practice? In the last decade, the problem of clinical judgement has been reduced to the simple question: what works? However, before clinicians can begin to think about what works, they must first address more fundamental questions such as: what's wrong? or what sort of problem is this? The complex ways in which professionals negotiate the process of case formulation remain radically under-explored in the existing literature.This timely book examines this neglected area. Drawing on the authors' own detailed ethnographic and discourse analytic studies and on developments in social science, the book aims to reconstitute clinical judgement and case formulation as both practical-moral and rational-technical activities.
By making social scientific work more accessible and meaningful to professionals in practice, it develops the case for a more realistic approach to the many reasoning processes involved in clinical judgement. "Clinical Judgement in the Health and Welfare Professions" has been written for educators, managers, practitioners and advanced students in health and social care. It will also appeal to those with an interest in the analysis of institutional discourse and ethnographic research.
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About the author: Susan White
Susan White is Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Huddersfield. She is interested in the social and moral dimensions of professional... Read more
Susan White is Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Huddersfield. She is interested in the social and moral dimensions of professional practice and has completed discourse analytic and ethnographic studies in a range of health and welfare settings. Before becoming an academic, she managed a statutory child care social work team in an interdisciplinary setting. She teaches health and welfare professionals at graduate and postgraduate levels. John Stancombe is a full time consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS with over twenty years experience of practice. He currently works in the Child Psychological Service of the Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust in Manchester. He has recently completed discourse analytic, doctoral research on family therapy process, which explores the rhetorical-moral dimensions of therapeutic practice.
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