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Proc AMIA Symp. 2001 : 940.
PMCID: PMC2243266

Cognitive Differences in Chart Reading: A Comparison of Nurses and Physicians

Abstract

This pilot study compares the mental models of a patient constructed by nurses and physicians while reading an electronic medical record. Preliminary results suggest that the participants' summaries were both quantitatively and qualitatively different. The physician made more inferences and focused on deeper relationships in the record, whereas the nurse focused on the descriptive surface structure of the record.

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