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Use of heuristics during the clinical decision process from family care physicians in real conditions.

Fernández-Aguilar C, Martín-Martín JJ, Minué Lorenzo S, et al. Use of heuristics during the clinical decision process from family care physicians in real conditions. J Eval Clin Pract. Epub 2021 Aug 11. doi: 10.1111/jep.13608.

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October 6, 2021
Fernández‐Aguilar C, Martín‐Martín JJ, Minué Lorenzo S, et al. J Eval Clin Pract. 2022;28(1):135-141.

Heuristics, or the use of mental shortcuts based on experience or trial and error that allow clinicians to quickly assess or diagnose a problem, can sometimes result in misdiagnosis. Three types of heuristics are explored in this study of primary care diagnostic error: representativeness, availability, and overconfidence. While a diagnostic error was identified in nearly 10% of cases, there was no significant correlation between the use of heuristics and diagnostic error.

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Fernández-Aguilar C, Martín-Martín JJ, Minué Lorenzo S, et al. Use of heuristics during the clinical decision process from family care physicians in real conditions. J Eval Clin Pract. Epub 2021 Aug 11. doi: 10.1111/jep.13608.