Journal Article

The "Big Dog" effect: variability assessing the causes of error in diagnoses of patients with lung cancer.

Raab SS; Meier FA; Zarbo RJ; Jensen DC; Geisinger KR; Booth CN; Krishnamurti U; Stone CH; Janosky JE; Grzybicki DM.

The AHRQ–funded researchers analyzed false-negative diagnostic results and found poor agreement among pathologists as to the causes of the error. The authors conclude that pathologist reluctance to change or challenge a peer's reading is a contributing factor.