Availability heuristic plays a role in how physicians make complex testing decisions

Findings Emergency department physicians who saw patients with a pulmonary embolism-;a blood clot in the lung-;were about 15% likelier over the next 10 days to test subsequent patients for the same thing. Background Rules of thumb, also known as heuristics, could influence how physicians deliver care. One such rule of thumb is the "availability heuristic," under which a person assesses […]

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A Vaccine Side Effect Leaves Women Wondering: Why Isn’t the Pill Safer?

Last month, as the Food and Drug Administration paused use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine to evaluate the risk of blood clots in women under 50, many scientists noted that clots associated with birth control pills were much more common. The comparison was intended to reassure women of the vaccine’s safety. Instead, it has stoked anger in some quarters […]

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Liver disease diagnosis

There are multiple causes of liver disease. While some are infective, some are genetic or autoimmune and some metabolic. This makes diagnosis difficult and often there are a battery of tests that need to be performed in order to correctly diagnose the underlying cause for the disease. Patients who develop signs of liver disease even nonspecific ones like weakness, fatigue […]

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