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Are pathologists self-aware of their diagnostic accuracy? Metacognition and the diagnostic process in pathology.

Clayton DA, Eguchi MM, Kerr KF, et al. Are pathologists self-aware of their diagnostic accuracy? Metacognition and the diagnostic process in pathology. Med Decis Making. Epub 2022 Sep 20. doi: 10.1177/0272989x221126528

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October 5, 2022
Clayton DA, Eguchi MM, Kerr KF, et al. Med Decis Making. 2023;43(2):164-174.

Metacognition (e.g., when one reflects on one’s own decision and decision making) is an approach to reducing diagnostic errors. Using data from the Melanoma Pathology Study (M-PATH) and Breast Pathology Study (B-PATH), researchers assed pathologists’ metacognition by examining their diagnostic accuracy and self-confidence. Results showed pathologists with increased metacognition sensitivity were more likely to request a second opinion for incorrect diagnosis than they were for a correct diagnosis.

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Clayton DA, Eguchi MM, Kerr KF, et al. Are pathologists self-aware of their diagnostic accuracy? Metacognition and the diagnostic process in pathology. Med Decis Making. Epub 2022 Sep 20. doi: 10.1177/0272989x221126528

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