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Studying Clinical Reasoning, Part 2: Applying Social Judgement Theory

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Part 1 of this paper (Harries and Harries 2001) examined the reasoning studies of the 1980s and 1990s and critiqued the ethnographic and informationprocessing approaches, based on stated information use. The need for an approach that acknowledged the intuitive nature of experienced thinkers' reasoning was identified.

Part 2 describes such an approach - social judgement theory - and presents a pilot application in occupational therapy research. The method used is judgement analysis. The issue under study is that of prioritisation policies in community mental health work. The results present the prioritisation policies of four occupational therapists in relation to managing community mental health referrals.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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