Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in Portugal

  • Eduardo José Brazete Carvalho Cruz

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Clinical reasoning refers to the process in which practitioners, interacting with their patients, structure meaning, goals, and health management strategies based on clinical data, patient/client choices, and professional judgement and knowledge” (Higgs & Jones, 2000, p. 11). Recent literature in physiotherapy and other allied health professions describes clinical reasoning as moving between cognitive and decision-making processes required to optimally diagnose and manage impairment and physical disabilities (hypothetic-deductive), and those required to understand and engage with patients’ experience of disabilities and impairments (narrative reasoning).
Date of AwardMar 2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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