Prevention of diagnostic errors is more complex than building safety checks into health care systems; it requires an understanding of critical thinking, of clinical reasoning, and of the cognitive processes through which diagnoses are made. When a diagnostic error is recognized, it is imperative to identify where and how the mistake in clinical reasoning occurred. Cognitive biases may contribute to errors in clinical reasoning. By understanding how physicians make clinical decisions, and examining how errors due to cognitive biases occur, cognitive bias awareness training and debiasing strategies may be developed to decrease diagnostic errors and patient harm. Studies of the impact of teaching critical thinking skills have mixed results but are limited by methodological problems. This Perspective explores the role of clinical reasoning and cognitive bias in diagnostic error, as well as the effect of instruction in metacognitive skills on improvement of diagnostic accuracy for both learners and practitioners.
What Is Cognitive Bias?
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While people like to believe that they are rational and logical, the fact is that people are continually under the influence of cognitive biases. These biases distort thinking , influence beliefs, and sway the decisions and judgments that people make each and every day. Sometimes these biases are fairly obvious, and you might even find that you recognize these tendencies in yourself or others. In other cases, these biases are so subtle that they are almost impossible to notice. Why do these biases happen?
How Bias Influences Critical Thinking
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Ideally, when we are pressed to make a decision about what to do or believe, we would be able to gather and assess the evidence required to make a good decision. We are finite creatures with limited attention spans, limited computational abilities, and even limited interest. Besides that, we very often do not have the time or energy necessary to gather evidence.