Gap Fill - Decision Fatigue - Level 5


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   ability      difference      evidence      figure      higher      hospital      hour      late      longer      new      number      overworked      patient      quality      reduction      researcher      result      study      time      trend  
The of care you get from doctors could depend on the of the day you visit a . A study from a university in the USA found a big in the decision-making of physicians at different times of the day. The concluded that our chances of getting screened for cancer were a lot in the morning than in the afternoon. Researchers investigated the of women assigned to breast cancer screening. They found that in the after 8am, doctors ordered screenings for 64% of women who were eligible for tests. This dropped to 48% at 5pm.

The researchers said the in screenings as the day progressed could be due to "decision fatigue" - a mental burn-out that interrupts a person's to make decisions the they work. A researcher said his study added to, "the growing that the time of the day and decision fatigue impacts care". Another agreed, saying: "The downward of ordering screenings may be the of decision fatigue, where people may be less inclined to consider a decision after they've been making them all day." She also blamed doctors.

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