Cultivating Critical Thinking in Healthcare

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Critical thinking skills have been linked to improved patient outcomes, better quality patient care and improved safety outcomes. While problem-solving tends to focus on the identification and resolution of a problem, critical thinking involves asking skilled questions and critiquing solutions.

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Critical thinking skills have been linked to improved patient outcomes, better quality patient care and improved safety outcomes in healthcare. Given this, it's necessary for educators in healthcare to stimulate and lead further dialogue about how these skills are taught, assessed and integrated into the design and development of staff and nurse education and training programs. So, what exactly is critical thinking and how can healthcare educators cultivate it amongst their staff?


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Michelle webber
29 Jun 2021
good article
Chrystal Lopez
27 Aug 2021
Excellent information
Maryse Hazelwood
24 Jul 2021
nice, succinct overview
Lakvinder SINGH
17 Apr 2021
Succinct easy.
Kristin Biag
23 Oct 2021
Really interesting and simple reading on how to cultivate critical thinking with stages and steps included. Causes me to reflect on where I am in my critical thinking and how I can improve and also be a better teacher.
Beena George
13 Oct 2019
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lisa Allen
29 Dec 2021
This is my first time to use this resource. I appreciate this information I was able to use for my report on Critical Thinking in Healthcare. That is why I have signed up to receive more information from the resource. I also like the bonus of getting 4CUs.
Alwyn Madyiwa
18 Nov 2021
Very Informative
Fiona Oliphant
20 Sep 2022
Registered Nurse
Excellent summary of key issues, thankyou.
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