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Physicians’ Diagnostic Overconfidence May be Harming Patients
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Even though they were right only 6% of the time and should have had doubts, internists asked to diagnose tough patient cases express nearly the same strong confidence in their diagnoses as they express for much easier cases, when their accuracy rates were much better, at 55%.

That’s the finding of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine who conclude that physicians’ “overconfidence” in their diagnostic decisions may be hurting patient care, perhaps because seasoned doctors don’t think they need to look harder for an explanation behind a patient’s symptoms.