Cognition, Communication, And Clinical Reasoning

Course: #1179Level: Introductory2 Hours

Effective clinical assessment and treatment interventions are dependent upon the ability of the clinician to utilize sound clinical reasoning skills. Evidence-based practice is limited as much by the clinician’s cognitive and communication skills as it is by the research itself. Refining communication and “thinking” skills is critical in this process. This session will address the impact of cognition (incl. perceptions, beliefs, cognitive biases and logical fallacies) and communication (verbal and non-verbal) on clinical reasoning.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkIdentify the primary components of the clinical reasoning process.
  • checkmarkDefine and discuss pertinent information related to cognition (including perceptions, beliefs, thinking and logic) in order to provide a broad foundation for clinical reasoning.
  • checkmarkUnderstand the role of feedback loops in the clinical reasoning process.
  • checkmarkIdentify the principles and steps involved in communication (verbal and non-verbal) and the limiting factors related to each.
  • checkmarkIntegrate the research on cognition (including logic, cognitive biases, and logical fallacies) into clinical examination skills.


0-10 Minutes Introduction and Overview
10-20 Minutes Model Of Cognition And Clinical Reasoning
20-40 Minutes Perceptions And Belief Systems
40-50 Minutes Self Image
50-70 Minutes Cognitive Bias And Logical Fallacies
70-85 Minutes Verbal Communication Skills
85-100 Minutes Non-Verbal Communication Skills
100-115 Minutes Clinical Applications
115-120 Minutes Question And Answer
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