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Critical Thinking in Health Care and Health Sciences

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Lives depend on competent clinical reasoning.  Agencies responsible for the accreditation of professional training programs and for the oversight of health care delivery have mandated the demonstration of competent clinical reasoning. Although at one time we may have believed that the unreflective accumulation of experience would naturally lead to better clinical reasoning and critical thinking, we have learned that without a direct focus on the critical thinking processes used to interpret, analyze, infer, evaluate, and explain what is going on, progress in clinical reasoning is an uncertain outcome.

Insight Assessment provides the world's leading tools for measuring critical thinking in health care students and professionals. Working with leading health scientists, practicing health care professionals, policy makers, researchers and educators, Insight Assessment testing specialists have designed tests specifically for health science professionals, workers and students.   Our assessment tools are designed to  apply key theoretical concepts to practical operational contexts.  Our tests are being used by to predict success, evaluate candidates, support professional development and foster a culture of thoughtful problem solving and decision making:

Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) and the HSRT-Numeracyundergraduate and graduate students in Health Science professional preparation programs 

California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and the CCTST-Numeracy:  all disciplines and fields

California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI): all disciplines and fields

CCT-G835: for highly qualified Health Science specialists

INSIGHT Health: Health Science professionals in all health care delivery specialties 

Successful organizations are built on talent. Your employment or candidate evaluation processes will be greatly enhanced by the capacity to identify applicants who have the desire and skills to think and solve problems. With our Assessment Reports package you will have the data at hand. Our Customized Assessment Reports service, which includes consultation on the interpretation of test results and customized comparison group benchmarking, can further enhance this vital organizational capacity. Your decision to use these powerful, research-based measurement tools is a high-impact low-cost investment in increased efficiency and effectiveness of your organization.

Additional information including independent research publications on the uses of these tools in health sciences settings and for ideas on developing critical thinking in professional development and educational programs is available under the CT Resources tab.

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