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Problem Solving

Clinically active physicians possess large amounts of declarative and procedural knowledge. By one estimate, experienced physicians have more than 2 million discrete pieces of information at their immediate disposal. But this knowledge offers little benefit to patients except in how its use relates to problem solving. People seek out physicians not for the large number of facts that the physicians can recall but for help with medical problems. Although there is a correlation between knowledge and problem-solving success, successful problem solving requires more than a large amount of knowledge. Success also requires appropriate organization of the knowledge, application of the knowledge, and monitoring of the results of the application of knowledge so that adjustments can be made.

Problem solving is the process of answering or solving ...

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