Case-based teaching and learning experiences

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2001 Jul-Aug;22(5):517-31. doi: 10.1080/01612840152393708.


Case-based teaching and learning strategies can be utilized to assist advanced practice psychiatric nursing students in both obtaining requisite knowledge and enhancing clinical reasoning skills. We discuss the benefits of case-based learning in terms of how it (1) contributes to students' appropriate organization of information to be recalled later for use in clinical reasoning situations; (2) generates experiences that students would not otherwise have; (3) increases the visibility of students' clinical reasoning processes; and (4) enhances students' confidence. This article also explores three examples of case-based teaching and learning: use of written cases in a seminar; use of standardized patients in an assessment course; and utilization of web-based cases for learning assessment and intervention skills. Finally, we compare and contrast each of these methods in terms of their relative effectiveness in achieving each of the benefits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Mental Disorders / nursing*
  • Nurse Practitioners / education*
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Psychiatric Nursing / education*