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Diagnostic decision-making in the emergency department.

Medford-Davis LN, Singh H, Mahajan P. Diagnostic decision-making in the emergency department. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018;65(6):1097-1105. doi:10.1016/j.pcl.2018.07.003.

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January 9, 2019
Medford-Davis LN, Singh H, Mahajan P. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018;65(6):1097-1105.

The busy and complex emergency department environment harbors pressures can that hinder diagnostic safety. This review discusses the characteristics of emergency medicine that contribute to overreliance on heuristics and susceptibility to bias in decision making. The authors highlight the need to better monitor diagnostic error in the emergency department to inform the design of improvement activities. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed diagnostic delay in the emergency department.

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Medford-Davis LN, Singh H, Mahajan P. Diagnostic decision-making in the emergency department. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018;65(6):1097-1105. doi:10.1016/j.pcl.2018.07.003.