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Journal Article

Cognitive bias impact on management of postoperative complications, medical error, and standard of care.

Antonacci AC, Dechario SP, Antonacci C, et al. J Surg Res. 2020;258:47-53.

Cognitive bias is an important source of medical error. In this analysis of over 700 general surgical cases with complications, the authors attributed cognitive bias in one-third of all cases. These cases were also associated with an increase in management errors (e.g., diagnostic, communication, or therapeutic errors) and a lower standard of care.