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Behaving Discretely Heuristic Thinking in the Emergency Department

  title={Behaving Discretely Heuristic Thinking in the Emergency Department},
  author={S. Coussens},
  • S. Coussens
  • Published 2017
  • This paper explores the use of heuristics among highly-trained physicians diagnosing heart disease in the emergency department, a common task with lifeor-death consequences. Using data from a large private-payer claims database, I find compelling evidence of heuristic thinking in this setting: patients arriving in the emergency department just after their 40th birthday are roughly 10% more likely to be tested for and 20% more likely to be diagnosed with ischemic heart disease (IHD) than… CONTINUE READING
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