Clinical reasoning can be susceptible to cognitive biases during patient diagnosis, leading to adverse events. Anchoring bias is a cognitive bias, which in medical decision making is the tendency to fix onto features of a patient case particularly early in the diagnostic process and then failing to adequately adjust from this view. A review of ED case reports of missed or delayed diagnosis was conducted to identify potential anchoring on initial diagnoses or patient features.

Learning Objective: To formulate an approach to study the role anchoring bias plays in diagnostic errors in emergency care settings.


Roni Matin (Presenter)
University of Texas Health Sciences

Amy Franklin, University of Texas Health Sciences

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