Errors in clinical reasoning: Causes and remedial strategies

Scott, Ian (2009) Errors in clinical reasoning: Causes and remedial strategies. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 339 7711: 22-25. doi:10.1136/bmj.b1860

Author Scott, Ian
Title Errors in clinical reasoning: Causes and remedial strategies
Journal name BMJ: British Medical Journal
ISSN 0959-535X
Publication date 2009-09-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bmj.b1860
Open Access Status
Volume 339
Issue 7711
Start page 22
End page 25
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Most errors in clinical reasoning are not due to incompetence or inadequate knowledge but to frailty of human thinking under conditions of complexity, uncertainty, and pressure of time. To minimise such cognitive error we need to understand its prevalence and causes. In this article I discuss why errors occur and describe strategies that may help avoid them.
Keyword Clinical errors
Clinical reasoning
Cognitive errors
Diagnostic accuracy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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