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Straight thinking

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39189.594178.BD (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:0
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor
  1. fgodlee{at}bmj.com

    In this week's Lesson of the Week, a glitch with a handheld computer caused a sick baby to get seven times the right dose of noradrenaline (doi: 10.1136/bmj.39104.625903.80). But, according to a new book by Jerome Groopman reviewed this week (doi: 10.1136/bmj.39184.586725.59), most medical mistakes are down to the way we think and not how we use technology. “Attribution errors,” “availability thinking,” “anchoring,” “diagnosis momentum,” “search satisfaction,” and “vertical line thinking”—you may not like the jargon, but you'll almost certainly recognise the behaviour it describes and the types of mistake that can follow. Groopman calls for …

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