Monthly Archives: February 2012

Students And Residents Report Frequent Exposure To Defensive Medicine

More than 90% of learners report sometimes or often observing such practices, especially ordering more tests, more medications, or more consultations than medically indicated.  Large numbers (27-47%) also observed non-indicated invasive procedures, avoidance of indicated procedures, and failure to disclose … Continue reading

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Resident Diagnostic Reasoning Errors Are Common And Associated With Patient Harm

Dutch investigators reviewed records of 247 patients admitted for dyspnea, and found at least one episode of suboptimal diagnostic reasoning in 66%.  Records of patients experiencing harm showed more episodes of suboptimal reasoning (4.9) vs. those without (2.0).  The study … Continue reading

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