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Using social judgement theory to model nurses' use of clinical information in critical care education

Thompson, C., Foster, A., Cole, I. and Dowding, D.W. (2005) Using social judgement theory to model nurses' use of clinical information in critical care education. Nurse Education Today, 25 (1). pp. 68-77. ISSN 0260-6917

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Understanding the learning needs of students is a vital step in planning the delivery of effective education. Evaluating the impact of such interventions is not always easy and many methods rely on self-reported behaviour or simple changes in knowledge – whose relationship to action is not always clear. Using conjoint analysis, within the theoretical framework of social judgement theory, this study illustrates a novel means of examining nurses’ use of clinical information when diagnosing hypovolemic shock in a series of simulated cases presented via computer. The study examines changes in information usage before and after a traditional lecture. The results show that nurses’ information use is not linear and the utility for decision judgement derived from clinical information is not distributed equally. The study also suggests that some clinical information (for example, the Glasgow Coma Score) is not well understood and incorporated into clinical judgement. The study has implications for those designing and evaluating educational interventions and those studying information use, clinical judgement and decision making.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2009 17:50
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2004.10.003
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nedt.2004.10.003
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7134

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