Retrospective bias in expert evidence: effects on patient and doctor safety

Emerg Med Australas. 2009 Feb;21(1):80-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2009.01155.x.


Retrospective bias in expert evidence can have many ramifications for the practitioners involved and less directly for patients. The individual doctor's self-worth can be diminished and timely improvement in the delivery of patient can be delayed or prevented completely. This article explores why retrospective bias occurs and what can be done to minimise its impact.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Australia
  • Bias
  • Expert Testimony / ethics*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Safety / legislation & jurisprudence