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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 253
Title: Research to Understand and Improve the Exercise of Diagnostic Reasoning
Lead Author: Hamm, Robert M.
Abstract: In many fields professional decision makers must "diagnose" -- assess the present, uncertain situation and categorize it -- with different actions depending on those categories. Errors of diagnosis are common, and consequential. Research can identify both the relevant information for the categorization, and the optimal rules or concepts for combining that information, but frequently the information is not used in the recommended way. There is need for research on how people comprehend relevant information, the effective ways of using diagnostic information, and how their operational setting can be designed to offer the best support (information, and task design) for their diagnostic reasoning. Research progress on diagnosis would be applicable to medical, economic, industrial, military, intelligence, and other domains in which assessments of the situation must be made using incomplete and imperfect information.
PDF: Hamm_Robert_253.pdf

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