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The April 2021 edition of Future Leaders Communiqué explores the challenges faced by junior clinicians and the safeguards available to protect patients during the diagnosis process. The edition captures experiences and a case study of cognitive biases that can hinder junior doctors' abilities to recognise clinical knowledge gaps and knowing when to seek advice from senior clinicians. The commentaries also include a need to ensure adequately trained senior staff are accessible to junior clinicians to avoid misdiagnoses. Thorough reading and investigation around cases, implementing processes for escalation of care and measures for senior staff to supervise junior doctors are some of the strategies recommended to reduce diagnostic errors and improve quality of care.

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