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Errors and matters of judgment

Even good doctors make mistakes

Learned intuition

Football play on blackboard"Learned intuition" refers to the phenomenon when a person has learned a complex process and it later seems intuitive. The person does not easily recall the difficulty he or she had when first trying to learn the process.

When someone else new to the process has difficulty with it and makes a mistake, others can be critical of the individual when, in fact, the problem may stem from poor orientation or training.

Examples of such processes include:
  • ordering medication
  • ordering a blood transfusion
  • arranging a test or diagnostic imaging study
  • a handover of care

Think about it

Can you think of any other examples?