This is Part 2 of a series of 5 podcasts on diagnostic error. This podcast interview covers decision-making and bias.
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Summary Writer: Rose McCarthy
Script Writer: Mark Graber, Owen Bradfield, James Edwards
Editor: Bruce Way, Amanda Walker
Interviewee: Mark Graber, Owen Bradfield, James Edwards
Dr Mark Graber is a Senior Fellow at RTI International and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over 70 peer-reviewed publications. Mark is a national leader in the field of patient safety and originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognised internationally. Mark has also been a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2008, he convened and chaired the first Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference. In 2011, Mark founded the new Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and serves as President of SIDM.
Dr Owen Bradfield is a Senior Claims Manager, Medical Advisor and Medico-Legal Advisor at Avant. Owen graduated with First Class Honours in 2003 from Monash University’s unique combined Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws program. He was awarded the Ebsworth & Ebsworth Prize for Medical Law and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Prize. Owen is a qualified medical practitioner and lawyer. He completed his internship at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and later completed his articles of clerkship at Slater & Gordon Lawyers. He also has experience in health services management and completed an MBA at Monash University, where he was awarded the prize for the top graduating student. In addition to his work at Avant, Owen also works as a part-time General Practitioner, is Deputy Chair of the Patient Review Panel and Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Health Law Committee.
With Dr Mark Graber, leader in the field of patient safety, and Dr Owen Bradfield, lawyer, doctor and Senior Claims Manager for Avant Mutual
This is Part 2 of a series of 5 podcasts on diagnostic error. Diagnosis is important to both patient and doctor. Diagnostic error can be defined as a failure to provide an explanation of the patient’s health problem. There is a dichotomy within how clinicians think, relying on both intuition and analytical thinking. Intuitive thinking is much more heavily utilised, however it is also more prone to diagnostic error.
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