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November 11, 2020

Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose in emergency care: causes and empathy as a solution.

Pelaccia T, Messman AM, Kline JA. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose in emergency care: causes and empathy as a solution. Patient Edu Couns. 2020;103:28. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.02.039 

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Pelaccia T, Messman AM, Kline JA. Patient Edu Couns. 2020;103(8):1650-1656.

The hectic and complex environment of emergency care can reduce diagnostic safety. This article discusses clinical reasoning and decision-making strategies used by emergency medicine physicians, contributing factors to diagnostic errors occurring in emergency medicine (e.g., overconfidence, cognitive stress, anchoring bias), and strategies to reduce the risk of error. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed an incident involving diagnostic delay in the emergency department.

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Pelaccia T, Messman AM, Kline JA. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose in emergency care: causes and empathy as a solution. Patient Edu Couns. 2020;103:28. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.02.039