Can diagnostic uncertainty bias patients’ memory?

By | August 30, 2014

Our thoughts shape our emotional and behavioral responses. This is a well-established principle in psychological research and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We use preconceptions – known as “schemas” – to help us filter new and ambiguous information. These schemas are helpful in many ways, but they do not always serve us well: they will often produce biases in the way we process information, influencing our attention, memory and interpretation of new information. Read more on Can diagnostic uncertainty bias patients’ memory? which first appeared on Body in Mind.

How to deal with diagnoses results :-

  • DO NOT TRY UNDERSTANDING IT YOURSELF

Go to a doctor, he has taken a degree to get all the tests to be done & understanding those results.

  • ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO SPECIFICATION

Even still, if you are reading the diagnoses on your own, Always pay attention to the specification. Say for a low hemoglobin count is generally defined as less than 13.5 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter (135 grams per liter) of blood for men and less than 12 grams per deciliter (120 grams per liter) for women. In children, the definition varies with age and sex. The threshold differs slightly between medical practices. Still we recommend you to be in contact with your doctor.

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