‘Sorry, I meant the patient’s left side’: impact ofdistraction on left–right discrimination

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John McKinleyMartin Dempste& Gerard J Gormley. Medical Education
CONTEXT Medical students can have difficulty in distinguishing left from right. Many infamous medical errors have occurred when a procedure has been performed on the wrong side, such as in the removal of the wrong kidney. Clinicians encounter many distractions during their work. There is limited information on how these affect performance.
OBJECTIVES Using a neuropsychological paradigm, we aim to elucidate the impacts of different types of distraction on leftright (LR) discrimination ability.
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