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Chiropractic Research Review

Develop Your Mind Your Practice Will Follow

This literature review evaluates health care decision-making as it relates to diagnosis and patient case management, and addresses the impact of sources of error in formulating a diagnosis. The typical methods of decision-making utilized by doctors of chiropractic are summarized, and the factors influencing clinical accuracy discussed.

A detailed presentation of diagnostic reasoning, knowledge acquisition, the value of clinical experience, and dealing with bias is accompanied by strategies to help reduce clinical error and improve diagnostic abilities:

* acquiring epidemiologic data on various conditions;

* keeping an open mind concerning differential diagnoses; and

* increasing awareness of potential sources of error.



Clinical experience is an essential component of diagnostic accuracy. Doctors of chiropractic must minimize sources of error by continually updating and maintaining their knowledge base and clinical experiences. This individual maintenance can impact professional development, patient care, and the quality of the entire health care system.

Caputo LA, Mior SA. The role of clinical experience and knowledge in clinical decision making. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, June 1998;5(2), pp10-18.
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