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Journal Article

The relationship between response time and diagnostic accuracy.

Sherbino J, Dore KL, Wood TJ, et al. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2012;87:785-91.

Cognitive shortcuts, or heuristics, are often used by clinicians to make diagnoses. Prior research has shown that inappropriate use of heuristics can lead to diagnostic errors. However, this simulation study found that diagnoses made rapidly were also more accurate, even when controlling for clinicians' baseline knowledge.