Elevating diagnostic skills with logical reasoning

Stephen Gilliam

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NPs can use the abductive, deductive, and inductive forms of reasoning to adopt a rational and consistent approach to transforming effective data into accurate diagnoses. A case example is used throughout the article to illustrate how these classic logical reasoning skills may be combined with knowledge and experience to address issues of diagnostic accuracy and decrease diagnostic errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Practitioner
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • abductive reasoning
  • decision theory
  • deductive reasoning
  • diagnosis
  • evidence-based practice (EBP)
  • heuristics
  • inductive reasoning
  • intuition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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