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December 2014

Doctors make worse decisions as the day wears on

Primary-care doctors’ likelihood of over-prescribing antibiotics increased by 1% in their second hour of work, 14% in the third hour, and 26% in the fourth. This information suggests that doctors experience “decision fatigue” over the course of a day, according to a New York Times report on a study published in JAMA.

Over-prescription of antibiotics is a widespread phenomenon ::
In two-thirds of the cases studied by the researchers, antibiotics were prescribed even though they were not indicated, the Times says.

Harvard Business Review daily stat

SOURCE :: Doctors and Decision Fatigue

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