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DID-ACT, European collaborative project on Clinical reasoning in health professions education.

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Samuel Edelbring

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Clinical reasoning is at the core of many health professions' activities. Despite that, explicit learning goals and structured learning activities are largely missing from the curriculum. In this European project (with contributions from the USA) we have processed the concept and developed structure and concrete learning activities that promote student learning and teacher competence to teach clinical reasoning in health professions' education.

From Sweden, Örebro University was an important project partner for initiative and implementation. Affiliated partners such as Mälardalen University, Karolinska Institute and Sophiahemmet University also made important contributions.

The pedagogical framework, learning objectives and learning activities are freely available from the project's website:

Selection of scientific publications from the project:

  • Hege I, Adler M, Donath D, Durning SJ, Edelbring S, Elvén M, Bogusz A, Georg C, Huwendiek S, Körner M, Kononowicz AA, Parodis I, Södergren U, Wagner FL, Wiegleb Edström D. Developing a European longitudinal and interprofessional curriculum for clinical reasoning. Diagnosis (Berl). 2023. DOI: 10.1515/dx-2022-0103
  • Sudacka M, Adler M, Durning SJ, Edelbring S, Frankowska A, Hartmann D, Hege I, Huwendiek S, Sobočan M, Thiessen N, Wagner FL, Kononowicz AA. Why is it so difficult to implement a longitudinal clinical reasoning curriculum? A multicenter interview study on the barriers perceived by European health professions educators. BMC Med Educ. 2021;21(1)  DOI: 10.1186/s12909-021-02960-w
  • Parodis I, Andersson L, Durning SJ, Hege I, Knez J, Kononowicz AA, Lidskog M, Petreski T, Szopa M, Edelbring S. Clinical Reasoning Needs to Be Explicitly Addressed in Health Professions Curricula: Recommendations from a European Consortium. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21)  DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111202
  • Kononowicz AA, Hege I, Edelbring S, Sobocan M, Huwendiek S, Durning SJ. The need for longitudinal clinical reasoning teaching and assessment: Results of an international survey. Med Teach 2020 DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1708293

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