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Hum Pathol. 1980 Sep;11(5):412-19.

The medical problem solving process.


Understanding the medical problem solving process has implications for medical education and the effectiveness of medical services. Through adaptation to the task at hand the human problem solver is able to ameliorate the effects of inherent limitations. In adapting to the medical problem solving task demands related to diagnosis and therapy, the physician uses the hypotheticodeductive process. The process draws upon the problem solver's disease centered and data centered knowledge and can be made more effective through the use of various heuristic rules and strategies that the physician develops with increasing expertise. Additional and more refined modes of laboratory support for the medical problem solver can evolve through further understanding of the problem solving process.

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