• Commentary
  • Published March 2018

The gaps in specialists' diagnoses.

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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