Judgment and decision-making in clinical dentistry

Liviu Feller, Johan Lemmer, Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani, Raoul Ballyram, Razia Abdool Gafaar Khammissa*

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The development of clinical judgment and decision-making skills is complex, requiring clinicians—whether students, novices, or experienced practitioners—to correlate information from their own experience; from discussions with colleagues; from attending professional meetings, conferences and congresses; and from studying the current literature. Feedback from treated cases will consolidate retention in memory of the complexities and management of past cases, and the conversion of this knowledge base into daily clinical practice. The purpose of this narrative review is to discuss factors related to clinical judgment and decision-making in clinical dentistry and how both narrative, intuitive, evidence-based data-driven information and statistical approaches contribute to the global process of gaining clinical expertise.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Clinical judgment
  • clinical practice
  • cognitive executive function
  • decision-making in dentistry
  • dental education
  • narrative review


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