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The influence of the availability heuristic on physicians in the emergency department.

Ly DP. The influence of the availability heuristic on physicians in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 2021;78(5):650-657. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.06.012.

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November 17, 2021
Ly DP. Ann Emerg Med. 2021;78(5):650-657.

A common type of diagnostic error is availability bias, or diagnosing a patient based on experiences with past similar cases. This study examined whether an emergency physician’s recent experience of a patient presenting with shortness of breath and diagnosed with pulmonary embolism increased subsequent pulmonary embolism diagnoses. While pulmonary embolism diagnosis did increase over the following ten days, that effect did not persist over the 50 days following the first 10 days.

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Ly DP. The influence of the availability heuristic on physicians in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 2021;78(5):650-657. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.06.012.