Diagnostic Decision-Making Processes
A diagnosis is a term used to identify a condition that the patient is suffering from. A simple unifying clinical diagnosis is responsible for most illnesses. Diagnosis is made more efficient and reliable by using operational definitions of diseases and a deductive approach to diagnosis. Different approaches to diagnosis vary in how reliable they are and also vary in how valid they are. Complicated or unusual conditions often require inductive logic for diagnosis, a method that can be used to generate a differential diagnosis. Complicated conditions also often have interacting mechanisms that exacerbate other conditions in comorbid ways. The formulation is a way of describing all of the interacting elements that contribute to the disorder that the patient is suffering from.
KeywordsFormulation Inductive logic Deductive logic Reliability Validity