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Comment & Response
April 2014

“Expert Opinion” Software for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):638-639. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13794

To the Editor The article by Meyer et al1 and the accompanying Invited Commentary2 in the August 23, 2013, issue of JAMA Internal Medicine bring up important issues. The study found that practicing internists had significant difficulty making even relatively easy diagnoses. However, perhaps even more worrisome is that the confidence level of the physicians was not much lower when they were wrong than when they were correct in their diagnosis. Further, probably, because of this unjustified confidence, they did not seek second opinions or consultations.

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