Clinical judgements : research and practice

Bell, Ian and Mellor, David 2009, Clinical judgements : research and practice, Australian psychologist, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 112-121.

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Title Clinical judgements : research and practice
Author(s) Bell, Ian
Mellor, David
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 44
Issue number 2
Start page 112
End page 121
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Keyword(s) clinical judgement
errors in judgement
improving clinical judgement
Summary This paper explores issues that are relevant to the judgements routinely made by clinical psychologists. It first considers the relative merits of clinical and statistical approaches to decision making and notes that although much of the empirical evidence demonstrates the greater accuracy of statistical approaches to making judgements (where appropriate methods exist), they are rarely routinely used. Instead, clinical approaches to making judgements continue to dominate in the majority of clinical settings. Second, common sources of errors in clinical judgement are reviewed, including the misuse of heuristics, clinician biases, the limitations of human information-processing capacities, and the overreliance on clinical interviews. Finally, some of the basic strategies that can be useful to clinicians in improving the accuracy of clinical judgement are described. These include advanced level training programs, using quality instruments and procedures, being wary of overreliance on theories, adhering to the scientist-practitioner approach, and being selective in the distribution of professional efforts and time.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019668

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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