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Diagnostic errors by medical students: results of a prospective qualitative study.

Braun LT, Zwaan L, Kiesewetter J, et al. Diagnostic errors by medical students: results of a prospective qualitative study. BMC Med Educ. 2017;17(1):191. doi:10.1186/s12909-017-1044-7.

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December 13, 2017
Braun LT, Zwaan L, Kiesewetter J, et al. BMC Med Educ. 2017;17(1):191.

This clinical vignette study examined the breakdowns in diagnostic thinking for 88 medical students completing 8 standardized cases. Researchers identified cognitive biases as well as lack of knowledge and skills as causes of misdiagnosis. The authors highlight the need to improve clinical reasoning in order to promote timely, accurate diagnosis.

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Braun LT, Zwaan L, Kiesewetter J, et al. Diagnostic errors by medical students: results of a prospective qualitative study. BMC Med Educ. 2017;17(1):191. doi:10.1186/s12909-017-1044-7.