Summary Writer: Emily Qian
Script Writer: Elizabeth Campbell
Editor: Charlotte Hespe
Interviewee: Charlotte Hespe
James chats to Charlotte Hespe about going off the wards to discuss clinical reasoning in general practice.
Dr Charlotte Hespe is a GP Clinician and Practice Owner of a general practice in Inner City, Sydney, where she has worked for the last 20 years. Charlotte is a GP Supervisor and the practice is a fully accredited practice that functions as a teaching practice for both medical students and GP registrars. Charlotte also works as Associate Professor, Head of General Practice and GP Research for The University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney. She is current Faculty Chair for NSW/ACT and Vice President, RACGP. She is immediate past Chair for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN and is currently a director on the Board (EIS Health). Charlotte holds an FAICD qualification and has extensive experience in corporate Governance with 17 years’ experience as Chair in several Boards with a primary health care focus.
With Dr Charlotte Hespe, General Practitioner, Associate Professor and Head of General Care Practice and Primary Care Research Unit for the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Clinical reasoning is an important skill invaluable to all doctors which ultimately determines patient care outcomes. Dr Charlotte Hespe, an experienced general practitioner, discusses the role clinical reasoning in the setting of general practice.
The process of procuring and evaluating information gained from both history and examination to develop an understanding of a patient’s presentation. It requires integration of a patient’s presentation within their clinical context to develop both provisional and differential diagnoses which guide focused investigations and management. The process of clinical reasoning relies on both experience and medical knowledge.
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