July 26, 2014

Laws of Simplicity in Emergency Medicine

By Daniel Cabrera

UPDATE: John Maeda posted these laws on the Laws of Simplicity website.

Here how John Maeda's (@johnmaedaLaws of Simplicity apply to Emergency Medicine:

  • Reduce. The easiest way to approach a clinical problem is to reduce it to its minimal meaningful expression.
  • Organize. Grouping problems and information make infinite problems appears finite.
  • Time. Decrease time spent in meaningless activities and increasing time on essential tasks.
  • Learn. Knowledge is key, you need to know where to find the answer to any question.
  • Differences. The key is to find what makes a clinical problem different from others and not how to make it fit into a pattern.
  • Context. The environment provides meaning to the problem; not the other way around.
  • Emotion. Use your intuition (quasirational decision making) and avoid your emotional and cognitive biases.
  • Trust. Less information is better than more information. Subtract the meaningless and add the meaningful.
  • Failure. Use metacognition to learn where the system failed. Learn from your and others mistakes.
  • The-One. Clinical problems are more complex than they look but simpler than you think. 

image from http://akshanish.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/laws-of-simplicity-john-maeda/


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