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Risk Matters: Cognitive Bias

Are you aware of the role cognitive bias can play in medical decision making and diagnostic error? Cognitive bias affects behaviors and influences decisions. Bias may result in distortion of clinical reasoning and is an unintentional failure in perception and thought that often leads to human error. Many studies cite the cognitive/decision-making process as one of the leading factors in diagnostic error. One of the best strategies to reduce these errors is to simply learn the attributes of the many types of cognitive bias and develop a personal awareness of them.  SVMIC’s newest online education option “Mind Over Malpractice: Cognitive Bias” teaches you how to recognize the types of cognitive bias and distortion of clinical reasoning, so you can apply appropriate debiasing strategies and reduce misdiagnoses.

About The Author

Jeffrey A. Woods is the Director of Risk Education in the Risk Education and Evaluation Services Department at SVMIC. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following graduation, he practiced law in Knoxville for almost 15 years, advising physicians and healthcare providers and defending them in malpractice claims. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and all Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Jeff joined SVMIC in 2003 and was a Senior Claims Attorney until 2015 when he transferred to his current position.

The contents of The Sentinel are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time.

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