I had the opportunity to look at critical-thinking through different angle recently in a conversation with Dr. Adwait Mehta, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, who recently started his Health Guider video series dedicated to helping patients take better control over their medical choices.
Dr. Mehta is convinced that critically thinking patients working with doctors who also understand the critical-thinker’s toolkit is the best combination to support informed decision-making in healthcare.
As I often say, you can’t fact-check the future, including the unknown future results of medical choices. So we must rely on arguments for and against particular solutions, with argument identification and analysis being a cornerstone critical-thinking skill.
Dr. Mehta and I have a wide-ranging conversation on critical thinking in general, and critical thinking applied to medicine in particular, ending with a role-play of what an interaction between a doctor and patient might look like if both parties understood logic, argumentation, bias and other reasoning skills vital to making informed choices.