New systematic review on cognitive interventions to improve diagnostic reasoning

graber.mark at GMAIL.COM graber.mark at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 19 03:09:07 UTC 2016



For those of you who share an interest in how to improve diagnostic reasoning, a new systematic review <http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2016/02/12/bmjqs-2015-004417.abstract> by Katherine Lambe and associates provides a very thorough and well-organized examination of cognitive intervention trials.  The study was just published online in BMJ-QS.  The review concludes that these approaches are promising, but that much additional research will be needed before firm recommendations can be made for medical educators.   

Although the work wasn't done in the medical domain, a parallel body of work has looked at whether 'serious games <https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/sirius>' can be used to reduce specific cognitive biases.  All of the studies I've seen using these games produced significant debasing effects, and this may be an alternative (and more engaging !) approach to improve 'intuitive' reasoning.

   Mark

Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine








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