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Role of cognition in generating and mitigating clinical errors.

Patel VL, Kannampallil TG, Shortliffe EH. Role of cognition in generating and mitigating clinical errors. BMJ quality & safety. 2015;24(7):468-74. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003482.

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May 20, 2015
Patel VL, Kannampallil TG, Shortliffe EH. BMJ quality & safety. 2015;24:468-74.

Cognition has been recognized as a human factor that can contribute to failures in health care. This review examines cognitive aspects of human error that affect patient safety, methods to augment detection of flawed decision-making, and the potential for educational approaches like virtual reality simulation to train physicians to manage cognitive error once it occurs. A past AHRQ WebM&M interview with Dr. Pat Croskerry explored the role of cognition in medical error.

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Patel VL, Kannampallil TG, Shortliffe EH. Role of cognition in generating and mitigating clinical errors. BMJ quality & safety. 2015;24(7):468-74. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003482.