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Learning from Errors in Diagnosis
Monday, March 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jason Bok Lee, MD, FAAD
- Kristin Cam, MD, FAAD
- William D. James, MD, FAAD - Handout
- Matthew Keller, MD, FAAD
- Joya Sahu, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- 1. Recognize the systems-related and cognitive factors that contribute to diagnostic delays and errors.
- 2. Categorize the different types of cognitive biases that contribute to delays and diagnostic errors.
- 3. Evaluate the effectiveness of recommended strategies to reduce errors in diagnosis
Although errors in diagnosis and subsequent errors in case management occur for various reasons, cognitive factors are the most common cause of these errors in medicine. The session will provide analyses of systems of cognitive processes and the sources of breakdown that may lead to diagnostic errors followed by case illustrations that highlight the different types of cognitive errors by faculty members with varying levels of experience. Although unavoidable, recognizing the cognitive processes utilized in clinical decision-making and their shortcomings is the first step in mitigating some of the diagnostic errors.