Written Reflections May Improve Residents' Quality of Care

Written reflections followed up with group discussions may help physicians in training analyze diagnostic errors and determine strategies for future prevention, according to a study published in Academic Medicine.


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For the study, 41 internal residents at the University of Pennsylvania participated in reflective writing and small-group discussions about diagnostic errors. The discussions helped residents determine common factors contributing to diagnostic errors, including time pressures and other psychological effects, and strategies to prevent diagnostic errors in the future.

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