Teamwork in clinical reasoning - cooperative or parallel play?

Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 Jul 22;/j/dx.ahead-of-print/dx-2020-0020/dx-2020-0020.xml. doi: 10.1515/dx-2020-0020. Online ahead of print.


Teamwork is fundamental for high-quality clinical reasoning and diagnosis, and many different individuals are involved in the diagnostic process. However, there are substantial gaps in how these individuals work as members of teams and, often, work is done in parallel, rather than in an integrated, collaborative fashion. In order to understand how individuals work together to create knowledge in the clinical context, it is important to consider social cognitive theories, including situated cognition and distributed cognition. In this article, the authors describe existing gaps and then describe these theories as well as common structures of teams in health care and then provide ideas for future study and improvement.

Keywords: clinical reasoning; diagnosis; education; medical education.

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