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Cognitive Bias in Decision Making

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Learning Objectives

  • Identifying cognitive bias
  • Bias in decision-making
  • Avoiding over-testing

Course Description

At its most useful, the differential test for spotting cognitive bias is not a process of elimination, but a process of inclusion. Identify biases by knowing their feathers and stripes. This course is not a vocabulary test. It’s a field guide for spotting and naming cognitive bias in the medical context. This course examines a host of different biases and the affects they have on medical diagnoses and decision-making.

Did You Know...

  • Cognitive bias may contribute to health care disparities by shaping physician behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender or other
  • žCourses that teach intercultural communication are now a part of the medical school educational standards set for all accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada
  • žDiagnostic errors are associated with 6—7% of adverse events, and 28% of diagnostic errors have been attributed to cognitive error

Course at a Glance

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time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

30 Minutes

contributor icon Co-development Partner(s):

Children's Hospital Colorado

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