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Does a suggested diagnosis in a general practitioners' referral question impact diagnostic reasoning: an experimental study.

Staal J, Speelman M, Brand R, et al. Does a suggested diagnosis in a general practitioners' referral question impact diagnostic reasoning: an experimental study. BMC Med Educ. 2022;22(1):256. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03325-7

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April 27, 2022
Staal J, Speelman M, Brand R, et al. BMC Med Educ. 2022;22(1):256.

Diagnostic safety is an essential component of medical training. In this study, medical interns reviewed six clinical cases in which the referral letters from the general practitioner suggested a correct diagnosis, an incorrect diagnosis, or lacked a diagnostic suggestion. Researchers found that diagnostic suggestions in the referral letter did not influence subsequent diagnostic accuracy but did reduce the number of diagnoses considered.  

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Staal J, Speelman M, Brand R, et al. Does a suggested diagnosis in a general practitioners' referral question impact diagnostic reasoning: an experimental study. BMC Med Educ. 2022;22(1):256. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03325-7