This resource was originally created by GP Synergy with the support of the Australian Commonwealth Government under the AGPT Program, and has been adapted to an online version by General Practice Supervision Australia (GPSA) under Intellectual Property rights granted thereto in January 2023.
There are multiple approaches to diagnostic reasoning.
Randomly selecting a model avoids the temptation to fall back on a favoured approach.
The aim of this game is to explore different styles of thinking, and to find potential blind-spots or biases in your thinking. This is best done by giving a full effort to using the randomly-selected Reasoning Model, even if this is difficult.
To refresh the cards and ensure you are always randomly selecting the next one, use the 2-way arrow beneath the deck before clicking on the facing card.
It is possible to draw a combination of cards which do not make sense, usually due to a clash of the age or gender of the patient with a presenting complaint or observations.
Demographics: 6 week-old male
Presenting complaint: Fevers
Initial observation: Talking in short sentences
If this happens, you can either consider a more appropriate similar presentation for the duration of the game e.g. consider “talking in short sentences” to mean “respiratory distress,” and proceed on this basis, or discard that card and draw another by clicking on the 2-way arrow icon beneath the card.
Date reviewed: 13 September 2023