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Journal Article

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

Braun LT, Zwaan L, Kiesewetter J, et al. BMC medical education. 2017;17:191.

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.