Tag: cognitive bias

Posted on October 16, 2015

Cognitive Bias and Medical Errors:

THINK OF HORSES, AND NOT ZEBRAS, whenever you hear hoof beats. Physicians know that this saying can be a helpful reminder when formulating a diagnosis of common medical conditions. But problems may arise in arriving at a diagnosis for some serious, but rare, medical conditions when the patient’s initial symptoms resemble those of more common […] Read More

Posted on October 16, 2015

COGNITIVE BIAS IN DIAGNOSIS:

Cognitive bias is a way of thinking that influences reasoning and decision making, sometimes resulting in inaccurate judgments. Cognitive biases (distortions of thinking) and affective biases (intrusion of the physician’s feelings) may interfere significantly with reaching a correct diagnosis. In recent years, many cognitive psychologists and physicians have studied diagnostic reasoning and decision making. What […] Read More

Posted on December 27, 2014

SLOW DOWN THE THINKING PROCESS TO AVOID MEDICAL MISTAKES:

In high velocity environments, like healthcare, speed of decision making is important. The emergency room doctor has to have an immediate response to the motor vehicle accident victim on the gurney in the trauma room. Complex patients with one or many diseases are different. They require doctors to take the time to engage and think […] Read More