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What is reflective writing?

Reflective writing is writing which involves '… consideration of the larger context, the meaning, and the implications of an experience or action' (Branch & Paranjape, 2002, p. 1185). In medical and health science courses you are required to produce reflective writing in order to learn from educational and practical experiences, and to develop the habit of critical reflection as a future health professional.

Reflective writing may be based on:

  • description and analysis of a learning experience within the course:
    • a community placement
    • a clinical placement
    • a rural placement
  • description and analysis of a past experience
  • review of your learning or course to that point
  • description and analysis of a critical incident.
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