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Smart strategies for doctors and doctors-in-training: heuristics in medicine

In a recent article, we show that very simple decision strategies (heuristics) can be helpful companions for doctors and doctors-in-training if these strategies are adapted to the situations to which they are to be applied.

Another focus of the Harding Center is to inform doctors' diagnostic decision making by conducting research on smart decision strategies. In a recent article, Wegwarth, Gaissmaier, and Gigerenzer show that very simple decision strategies (heuristics) can be helpful companions for doctors and doctors-in-training if these strategies are adapted to the situations to which they are to be applied. This, however, requires that heuristics in medicine be openly discussed, criticised, refined and then taught at medical schools. To now, however, simple decision strategies in medicine have been largely dismissed as harmful or irrelevant. A more standardized use of explicit and accepted heuristics has the potential to reduce discrepancies in diagnoses and to improve medical care for patients. This article was selected as one of the three most important article of the day on MDLinx.com, a website that scans 1200 leading journals across 30 medical specialties and professions and summarizes and filters the articles that are most important in doctors' areas of interest.

Article

Wegwarth, O., Gaissmaier, W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2009). Smart strategies for doctors and doctors-in-training: heuristics in medicine. Medical Education, 43(8), 721-728.

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