Intuitive Judgement in the Context of Osteopathic Clinical Reasoning

Torsten Liem, MSc Ost, MSc Paed Ost
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Received: April 6, 2017

Accepted: April 18, 2017

Published: September 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(9): 586-594

Previous research into osteopathic clinical and diagnostic decision making suggests that reasoning is commonly based on highly analytical as well as intuitive processes. According to the dual-process theory, the intuitive and analytical processing that leads to decision making is equally important in diagnostic reasoning. This article aims to explore the underlying and influencing factors that may lead to the development and reliability of intuition in clinical decision making generally and in osteopathic clinical reasoning specifically. Practical suggestions are given on how to encourage the development of intuition within the context of osteopathic teaching and practice.

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