Wright B, Faulkner N, Bragge P, et al. Diagnosis (Berl). 2019;6:325-334.
The hectic pace of emergency care detracts from reliability. This review examined the literature on evidence, practice, and patient perspectives regarding diagnostic error in the emergency room. A WebM&M commentary discussed an incident involving a diagnostic delay in the emergency department.
Scott IA, Campbell DA. Med J Aust. 2018;208:196-197.
Leaders in the effort to improve diagnosis have heralded diagnosis as a team activity. This commentary suggests that specialists are more vulnerable to anchoring bias and more siloed approaches to problem solving than their generalist colleagues when faced with complex diagnostic problems. The authors recommend that specialists hone their generalist skills, seek multidisciplinary consultation, and focus on patient-centered rather than disease-centered care to ensure a wide range of considerations are explored to avoid diagnostic error.
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