Testing the Efficacy of Two Behavioral Interventions at Recalibrating Physician Heuristics in Trauma Triage

2017-09-13 00:23:22 | BioPortfolio


The objective of this study is to compare the efficacy of two behavioral interventions at recalibrating physician heuristics.


Treatment at trauma centers improves outcomes for patients with moderate-to-severe injuries. Accordingly, professional organizations, state authorities, and the federal government have endorsed the systematic triage and transfer of these patients to trauma centers either directly from the field or after evaluation at a non-trauma center. Nonetheless, between 30 to 40% of patients with moderate-to-severe injuries still only receive treatment at non-trauma centers, so-called under-triage. Most of this under-triage occurs because of physician decisions (rather than first-responder decisions). Existing efforts to change physician decision making focus primarily on knowledge of clinical practice guidelines and attitudes towards the guidelines. These strategies ignores the growing consensus that decision making reflects both knowledge as well as intuitive judgments (heuristics). Heuristics, mental short cuts based on pattern recognition, drive the majority of decision making. The investigators have developed two separate behavioral interventions to recalibrate physician heuristics in trauma triage, and will compare the effect of these interventions, an educational program, and no intervention on physician performance on a virtual simulation.

Study Design


Wounds and Injuries


Night Shift, Graveyard Shift, Educational program, Control


Not yet recruiting


University of Pittsburgh

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-09-13T00:23:22-0400

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