Month: January 2021

Cognitive Biases in Vaccine Decision Making with Jonathan Howard, MD

Jonathan Howard, MD, is double boarded in Neurology and Psychiatry and as he puts it in his Twitter profile, the author of several non-bestselling neurology textbooks. That’s not why he’s being interviewed. He also co-authored a book chapter entitled “The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Litany of Fallacy and Errors,” in the book Pseudoscience: A Conspiracy Against Science and wrote his own book on fallacy and errors in medicine entitled, Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes: A Case-Based Guide to Critical Thinking in Medicine.

We discuss some of the cognitive biases that people use when they decline vaccines, like the nirvana fallacy, anecdotal fallacy, and conspiracy theories. In some ways, the decision to vaccinate or not can be inordinately complicated, almost as if every step of the scientific processes needs to be vetted by each individual getting the vaccine. Our goal as physicians should be to ease the cognitive load of the decision-making, so we talk about how we can accomplish this.

Dr. Howard did his residency and fellowship at NYU, where he is now an associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis. He is the neurology clerkship director and director of neurology at Bellevue. He can be found on Twitter at @JHowardBrainMD.

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Moving the Needle on SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Fence-Sitters with Jordan Harbinger

Jordan Harbinger is a recovering Wall Street lawyer, turned podcaster. He’s actually been podcasting for longer than we’ve had smart phones. So why would I be asking him about vaccines? I’m not. We’ll get to that. His previous podcast and company focused on dating, but he realized that the skills that they were teaching regarding that specific social interaction actually applied to other aspects of life and so he pivoted his podcast and now his podcast really applies to anyone interested in personal development.

His expertise focuses more on entrepreneurship, networking and social engineer and that last one is the reason he’s on the show today. The decision to vaccinate may seem straightforward to some, but if you are considering all of the knowns, unknowns and unknowables, as many vaccine-hesitant patients tend to do, it can be inordinately complicated. As physicians, it should be our job to lighten the cognitive load of that decision and he is going to help us make sure we optimize any interaction with our families, friends, patients and communities.

His main point is that for many who are hesitant about the vaccine, they may just want to avoid making the decision. It is easier to sit on the fence, so we need to clarify that by not getting the vaccine, they aren’t deferring the decision, but deciding to not get the vaccine. We also need to press upon them that given that scarcity of the vaccine, but deferring now, it is unclear when they’ll have access again.

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Deep Listening – Impact Beyond the Exam Room, with Oscar Trimboli

Oscar Trimboli is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in homes, workplaces and the world. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organizations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organizations can have when they listen beyond the words and he helps us bring this skill into the exam room. He talks about giving attention instead of paying attention, how to frame questions so they won’t be perceived as judgmental, how to utilize silence, and when it is actually ok to interrupt our patients!

Oscar is a marketing and technology industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience across general management, sales, marketing and operations for Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Polycom, Professional Advantage and Vodafone. During his time as a marketing director at Microsoft, he was accountable for the five-year journey to move Microsoft Office from DVDs to the Data Centre. He consults to organizations including 20th Century Fox, AstraZeneca, Google, HSBC, PayPal, Qantas, Reebok, TripAdvisor and Universal Music. He can be found at oscartrimboli.com and there you can find his podcast, Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words.

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