Journal article

Decision making biases in the allied health professions: A systematic scoping review

Rebecca Featherston, Laura E Downie, Adam P Vogel, Karyn L Galvin

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: Cognitive and other biases can influence the quality of healthcare decision making. While substantial research has explored how biases can lead to diagnostic or other errors in medicine, fewer studies have examined how they impact the decision making of other healthcare professionals. This scoping review aimed to identify and synthesise a broad range of research investigating whether decisions made by allied health professionals are influenced by cognitive, affective or other biases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in five electronic databases. Title, abstract and full text screening was undertaken in duplicate, using prespecified eligibility c..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by a Mid-Career Researcher Grant from The University of Melbourne's School of Health Sciences (KG, LED). This funder provided support in the form of salaries for authors [RJF] and research materials, but did not have any additional role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The specific roles of all authors are articulated in the 'author contributions' section. A.P.V. received salaried support from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (Dementia Fellowship ID 1135683), and also has a commercial affiliation with Redenlab. Neither of these funders played a role in this study.