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“Expert Opinion” Software for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Robert M. Ross, MD1
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1Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):638-639. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13794.
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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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April 1, 2014
Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH; Ashley N. D. Meyer, PhD
1Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas2Section of Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):639. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13788.
April 1, 2014
Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD
1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco2Medical Service, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):639-640. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13789.
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