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Why do doctors make mistakes? A study of the role of salient distracting clinical features.

Mamede S, van Gog T, van den Berge K, et al. Why do doctors make mistakes? A study of the role of salient distracting clinical features. Acad Med. 2014;89(1):114-20. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000000077.

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December 11, 2013
Mamede S, van Gog T, van den Berge K, et al. Acad Med. 2014;89(1):114-20.

Internal medicine residents made more diagnostic errors during complex clinical cases when a salient distracting feature—a case finding strongly associated with a particular disease that is actually unrelated to the problem—appeared near the beginning of the case description, but not when presented toward the end.

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Mamede S, van Gog T, van den Berge K, et al. Why do doctors make mistakes? A study of the role of salient distracting clinical features. Acad Med. 2014;89(1):114-20. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000000077.