Weekend Reads (Emphasis Framing)

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A new Weekend Reads is hot off the press: Quality and Efficiency of the Clinical Decision‐Making Process: Information Overload and Emphasis Framing. Laker et. al.  look to address information overload through emphasis framing--highlighting some aspect of the information being exchanged. They report a laboratory study where a detail in the patient’s record was highlighted by bolding a line of text. Their results show that the highlighting significantly improved the quality of clinical evaluation. Interestingly, it also increased time to task completion. The authors speculated this was due to the highlighted detail leading to System 2 thinking because the correct plan of action for the simulated patient case is a divergence the usual plan of action.