The power of the pause to prevent diagnostic error.

Citation metadata

Author: John Hickner
Date: Apr. 2022
From: Journal of Family Practice(Vol. 71, Issue 3)
Publisher: Jobson Medical Information LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 450 words
Lexile Measure: 1680L

Document controls

Main content

Article Preview :

None of us like being wrong, especially about a patient's diagnosis. To help you avoid diagnostic errors for 4 difficult diagnoses, read and study the article in this issue of JFP by Rosen and colleagues. (1) They discuss misdiagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia, ovarian cancer, and Lewy body dementia to illustrate how we can go astray if we do not take care to pause and think through things carefully. They point out that, for quick and mostly accurate diagnoses, pattern recognition or type 1 thinking serves us well in a busy office practice. However, we must frequently pause and reflect, using type 2 thinking--especially when the puzzle pieces don't quite fit together....

Source Citation

Source Citation   

Gale Document Number: GALE|A702237898