Reducing cognitive errors in dermatology: can anything be done?

Title

Reducing cognitive errors in dermatology: can anything be done?

Creator

Dunbar Miles; Helms Stephen E; Brodell Robert T

Publisher

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Date

2013
2013-11

Description

An increasing focus on the prevention of medical errors is a direct result of a growing patient safety movement. Although the reduction of technical errors has been the focus of most interventions, cognitive errors, usually more than one error linked together, actually cause the majority of misdiagnoses. This article examines the most common types of cognitive errors in dermatology. Two methods to minimize these errors are recommended: first, cognitive debiasing techniques reduce the common initiating factor of error cascades; and secondly, the application of prospective hindsight attacks the final common pathway that leads to misdiagnosis.

Subject

Cognition; cognitive science; Dermatology/*standards; diagnostic errors; Diagnostic Errors/classification/*prevention & control; differential diagnosis; Humans; patient safety; quality assurance

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

810–813

Issue

5

Volume

69

Citation

Dunbar Miles; Helms Stephen E; Brodell Robert T, “Reducing cognitive errors in dermatology: can anything be done?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed July 23, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3623.

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