Table 3.

Examples of Low-Level vs High-Level Schemata

Low-Level SchemataHigh-Level Schemata
I’ve got it! As soon as the patient told me, I knew what he had.I should look beyond early hypotheses.
If the patient is satisfied with the diagnosis of another physician, why should I bother to find out more data?I should always form my own criteria.
When in doubt, choose the simplest or most convenient hypothesis.When in doubt, assume the worst hypothesis.
Complains a lot? He doesn’t have anything!I must take a fresh look - perhaps by recording what the patient expresses and later reading it back, paying attention to the diagnosis that spontaneously comes to mind.