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Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment

The Clinical Reasoning & Curricula Assessment Consortium (CRCAC) sunsetted in October 2023, but you may create a free online profile to stay informed and indicate your interest in clinical reasoning updates.

See clinical reasoning-related resources on the Curricula Development resource page.


What is clinical reasoning?

Following is ACAPT's adopted understanding of clinical reasoning as outlined in Clinical reasoning in physical therapy: A concept analysis - Huhn, K.  Gilliland, S. J. Black, L.L. Wainwright, S. Christensen, N. Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy: A Concept Analysis, Physical Therapy, Volume 99, Issue 4, April 2019, Pages 440–456.

“Based on the concept analysis and the themes and patterns that emerged, clinical reasoning in physical therapy could be conceptualized as integrating cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills. It is contextual in nature and involves both therapist and client perspectives. It is adaptive, iterative and collaborative with the intended outcome being a biopsychosocial approach to patient/client management.” 



Thank you to the work by: Karen Huhn, Chair; Jacquelyn Ruen, Matt Walk, Keven Helgeson, Teresa Miller.

What is clinical reasoning?

Following is ACAPT's adopted understanding of clinical reasoning as outlined in Clinical reasoning in physical therapy: A concept analysis - Huhn, K.  Gilliland, S. J. Black, L.L. Wainwright, S. Christensen, N. Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy: A Concept Analysis, Physical Therapy, Volume 99, Issue 4, April 2019, Pages 440–456.

“Based on the concept analysis and the themes and patterns that emerged, clinical reasoning in physical therapy could be conceptualized as integrating cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills. It is contextual in nature and involves both therapist and client perspectives. It is adaptive, iterative and collaborative with the intended outcome being a biopsychosocial approach to patient/client management.” 

Below are the Clinical Reasoning & Curricula Assessment Consortium (CRCAC) resources:

Recommended reading

  • Dr. Wing Fu recommends the following article, “I found this action research project done in Australia to be interesting. It feels similar to think aloud approach which is one that I like and adopt in my teaching.” 

Teaching clinical reasoning by making thinking visible: An action research project with allied health clinical educators by Clare Delaney & Clinton Golding

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