Exercise 4: Step 1
Fact ... or professional judgement?
Initial self-assessment question
How well do you think you distinguish between fact and professional
judgement in your records?
Unlike in the first three exercises, which were concerned
with the legislation and official guidance surrounding recording,
the remaining five are not characterised by having clear-cut
'right' or 'wrong' answers. Instead we share our own ideas
and thoughts in the practice examples; but we ask that you
make notes of any points that you disagree with us about and
then discuss them with your colleagues.
In the fourth exercise we consider some of the differences
between 'facts' and professional judgements and assessments.
It is well documented that many workers find difficulty both
in distinguishing between fact and professional judgement
and then in substantiating their analyses (see, for example,
Øvretveit, 1986; Shemmings, 1991).