Running head: BIASES AND HEURISTICS
Biases and Heuristics
BIASES AND HEURISTICS
Biases can be conscious or unconscious depending on the situation at hand. However,
biases of any kind have the potential to either positively or negatively influence decision-making,
especially in the workplace. Since human beings are subjective in nature, biases often occur in
every aspect, and it is one group that usually benefits over the other. The same applies to the
healthcare sector (Bazerman & Moore, 2013). Biases in healthcare occur based on hypothetical or
actual decisions. At the same time, biases and heuristics in the healthcare field can be found in
medical personnel or patients. Biases and heuristics provide a short-cut method of arriving at
solutions; thus, they can be both efficient and destructive in healthcare.
Heuristics present quick ways of making decisions. Hence, it is an essential element in
determining the outcome of choices in health care where most operations rely on the type of
decisions that both the medical personnel and the patients make. Consequently, there is always a
vast range of information on which decisions in healthcare rely.
However, the human brain can only process a given amount. This means that tryin...