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In recent years considerable effort has gone into understanding the reasoning processes of clinical decision making. However, formal methods to describe symptoms and physical signs, the data for clinical reasoning, have not been forthcoming. Despite the importance of these fundamental observations, they are generally considered too soft to merit the scientific legitimacy that technologically acquired data receive. Readers may recall this thesis, which Dr. Feinstein put forth in this journal 4 years ago. Clinimetrics is the epithet and intellectual home the author proposes for a domain of clinical indexes and rating scales (for example, the Glasgow coma scale and Apgar
Clinimetrics.. Ann Intern Med. ;108:647. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-647_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):647.
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