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Diagnostic challenges in primary care: identifying and avoiding cognitive bias.

Rosen PD, Klenzak S, Baptista S. Diagnostic challenges in primary care: identifying and avoiding cognitive bias. J Fam Pract. 2022;71(3):124-132. doi: 10.12788/jfp.0380

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June 29, 2022
Rosen PD, Klenzak S, Baptista S. J Fam Pract. 2022;71(3):124-132.

Cognitive biases can impede decision-making and lead to poor care. This article summarizes the common types of cognitive errors and biases and highlights how cognitive biases can contribute to diagnostic errors. The authors apply these common types of errors and biases in four case examples and discuss how to mitigate these biases during the diagnostic process. 

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Rosen PD, Klenzak S, Baptista S. Diagnostic challenges in primary care: identifying and avoiding cognitive bias. J Fam Pract. 2022;71(3):124-132. doi: 10.12788/jfp.0380