Diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis. Both this and a previous post have made the argument that diagnostic errors should receive more attention. An important and elegant paper from previous CLAHRC WM collaborator, Wolfgang Gaissmaier, shows that diagnostic accuracy is improved when medical students work in pairs. Of course, paired working is not possible most of the time, but it does suggest that opportunities for doctors to ‘put their heads together’ should be created whenever possible. The old-fashioned ward round had much to commend it.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- Hautz WE, Kämmer JE, Schauber SK, Spies CD, Gaissmaier W. Diagnostic Performance by Medical Students Working Individually or in Teams. JAMA. 2015; 313(3): 303-4.