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Investigating the impact of cognitive bias in nursing documentation on decision-making and judgement.

Martin K, Bickle K, Lok J. Investigating the impact of cognitive bias in nursing documentation on decision-making and judgement. Int J Mental Health Nurs. Epub 2022 Mar 30. doi: 10.1111/inm.12997

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April 20, 2022
Martin K, Bickle K, Lok J. Int J Mental Health Nurs. 2022;Epub Mar 30.

Cognitive biases can compromise decision making and contribute to poor care. In this study, nurses were provided two patient vignettes as well as associated clinical notes written using either biased or neutral language and asked to make clinical decisions regarding PRN (“as needed”) medication administration for sleep. The study identified a relationship between biased language and clinical decision-making (such as omitting patient education when administering PRN medications).

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Martin K, Bickle K, Lok J. Investigating the impact of cognitive bias in nursing documentation on decision-making and judgement. Int J Mental Health Nurs. Epub 2022 Mar 30. doi: 10.1111/inm.12997