An introduction to Diagnostic Reasoning

In terms of healthcare, making a correct diagnosis is fundamental to subsequent  decisions about treatment.  Making a correct diagnosis  is one of the main reasons why training to be a doctor takes such a long time.Yet, have you ever thought why there is so little published on this topic? When did you last see one of the major clinical journals discuss its importance?

Because it is definitely important, it affects referrals, errors, reasons for admissions, over testing, and in some cases leads to over diagnosis.

If you are interested in diagnostic reasoning, I recently interviewed John Balla, who published on the diagnostic process as far back as  1985. This is designed  as an introduction to this area, alongside some of  the important publications: all in 40 minutes.