Journal Article

Disrupting diagnostic reasoning: do interruptions, instructions, and experience affect the diagnostic accuracy and response time of residents and emergency physicians?

Monteiro SD; Sherbino JD; Ilgen JS; Dore KL; Wood TJ; Young ME; Bandiera G; Blouin D; Gaissmaier W; Norman GR; Howey E.

This study used written medical cases to examine whether simulated time pressure or interruptions affect diagnostic accuracy among resident and attending emergency medicine physicians. While the experienced physicians answered the questions more quickly and accurately compared to resident physicians, diagnostic accuracy was not compromised by time pressure or interruptions for either group in this study.