Trumping the KFP – 10 tips for the perfect hand

With the Key Features Exam only a week away, the time for study planning and deep learning is long past.   The focus now should be on successfully ‘playing the game’ to be successful. Here are some critical points to remember when approaching the KFP: It is a method by which the key decision-making steps in …

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How “curiosity can kill the cat”

Inquisitiveness can lead one into dangerous situations Whilst curiosity is not in truth a cognitive bias, I though it worth considering as part of these series of blogs exploring clinical reasoning and cognitive biases.  Curiosity is an essential trait in medical practitioners and health professionals more broadly.  Dyche and Epstein (2011) discuss the importance of curiosity to …

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Retreat! It’s a zebra…

And the cognitive bias of the week is…..ZEBRA RETREAT!  In my previous blogs I’ve been exploring the importance of generating a broad differential list early in the diagnostic process.  This is particularly important to mitigate against biases such as premature closure and affective bias (‘gut-feel’).  If we have generated a good differential list, it should …

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When you can’t see the forest for the trees…

So last weeks blog focused on anchoring bias.  Remember Phillip with the ‘flu’ who unfortunately ended up with meningococcal meningitis?  This week we are going to explore Information and availability bias. Information bias is the belief that the more information you can gather to support your decision the better.  Now it is fair to say …

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