ERIC Number: ED179212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Inquiry Theory: An Information-Processing Approach to Clinical Problem-Solving Research and Application. Research Series No. 1.
Vinsonhaler, John F.; And Others
This paper is a distillation of research findings on clinical problem-solving over the past decade. These findings are summarized by means of three basic concepts which describe a rudimentary theory of clinical problem-solving performance and instruction: (1) the principle of case simulation--valid clinical problem-solving behavior can be induced by simulated cases presented to clinicians; (2) the principle of clinical simulation--the problem-solving behavior of clinicians is probabilistically dependent on clinical memory, clinical strategies, and the case; (3) the performance evaluation and instructional corollaries of the Inquiry Theory--clinical problem-solving performance can be measured and improved by providing external aids to clinical memory or strategy, training aids for them, and combinations of both. Discussed in the paper are reported findings associated with these three basic concepts and the set of computer programs (The Basic Management Information System) developed by the authors and fellow researchers in studies of the Inquiry Theory. A bibliography is included. (Author)
Descriptors: Clinical Diagnosis, Computer Programs, Management Information Systems, Medical Evaluation, Performance Criteria, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Research Reviews (Publications), Simulation
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.