Clinical reasoning is an essential skill on the road to clinical expertise, but it requires deliberate cultivation and regular attention. While real-life clinical practice is critical for the development of reasoning skills and the organization of a sound knowledge base, the case report can also be used successfully to achieve this end. Although case reports have many roles, the promotion of learning in the clinical context remains paramount and undiminished in the EBP paradigm. There is a growing variety of formats available for student interaction with a case report, each bringing advantages and disadvantages to the learning experience while helping ensure that individual student learning needs are met. Thus the case report can be viewed as a uniquely valuable and complementary learning tool to traditional clinical education in the advancement of clinical reasoning skills in students.
Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions p. 477-484