Deliberate clinical inertia: Using meta-cognition to improve decision-making

Gerben Keijzers*, Daniel M. Fatovich, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Louise Cullen, Ian A. Scott, Paul Glasziou, Pat Croskerry

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Deliberate clinical inertia is the art of doing nothing as a positive response. To be able to apply this concept, individual clinicians need to specifically focus on their clinical decision-making. The skill of solving problems and making optimal clinical decisions requires more attention in medical training and should play a more prominent part of the medical curriculum. This paper provides suggestions on how this may be achieved. Strategies to mitigate common biases are outlined, with an emphasis on reversing a ‘more is better’ culture towards more temperate, critical thinking. To incorporate such an approach in medical curricula and in clinical practice, institutional endorsement and support is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Issue number4
Early online date2 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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