Residents Reflect On Their Errors

Forty-one medical residents analyzed diagnostic errors made on their patients. Common contributors were: holding onto a diagnosis made early in the course, coming easily to mind, or presented by other providers; over-reliance on authority figures or consultants; personal reactions to patients; time pressures; poor transitions of care; and complex or incomplete information.–Laura Willett, MD

Ogdie AR1, Reilly JB, Pang WG, Keddem S, Barg FK, Von Feldt JM, Myers JS., Seen through their eyes: residents’ reflections on the cognitive and contextual components of diagnostic errors in medicine. Acad Med. 2012 Oct;87(10):1361-7.

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