# 📖The Dreyfus model of clinical problem-solving skills acquisition: a critical perspective

- authors
- Pena, Adolfo
- year
- 2010
- url
- https://doi.org/10.3402/meo.v15i0.4846

The idea that experts work from intuition, not from reason, should be evaluated carefully.

intuition, implicit knowledge does not

*always*work for experts, in which case they fall back to analytical approaches.(The model seems to have been extended to include “master” and “practical wisdom” stages.)

The only recent change in the model is the addition of two stages (‘master’ and ‘practical wisdom’) (17) to the five originally proposed (2).

Dreyfus and Dreyfus define expert level skill almost exclusively in terms of implicit knowledge. (Ignoring explicit knowledge.) → Dreyfus model does not take into account explicit knowledge

Dreyfus model does not respect complex and rich interaction between implicit/explicit knowledge domain and has difficulty explaining very complex tasks (not just routines) — e.g., finding solutions to problems

Forward/inverse problems: → Forward/reverse problems

Direct or forward: given C (causes) → E (effects), find E (effects)

Inverse: given effects, find cause

inverse problems are also ill-defined: a simple solution might not exist, there may be more than one solution, or a small change in the problem leads to a big change in the solution

Dreyfus model has been derived from observations of jet pilots and dancers, who tackle forward problems → Forward/reverse problems

(How well does Dreyfus model apply to knowledge work?)

Diagnosis that has been formulated in the intuitive way, needs to be worked out in a rational way and then tested by the usual procedures. → Intuitive solutions have to be rationalized

“Expert clinicians intentionally avoid any tendency toward automatization as they often lose control of many relevant aspects of a clinical encounter.” → re: Deliberate Practice