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Patient cueing, a type of diagnostic error

Larry Nichols

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Diagnostic failure can be due to a variety of psychological errors on the part of the diagnostician. An erroneous diagnosis rendered by previous clinicians can lead a diagnostician to the wrong diagnosis. This report is the case of a patient who misdiagnosed herself and then led an emergency room physician and subsequent treating physicians to the wrong diagnosis. This mechanism of diagnostic error can be called patient cueing.


Diagnostic error, Cognitive aspects, Error sources, Misdiagnosis, Autopsy


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