Assessment and Treatment of Tongue-tie and Lip-tie: Cognitive Errors, Ethics, and Differential Diagnosis


Dr. Hazelbaker describes the most common cognitive errors in this groundbreaking presentation using tongue-tie assessment and treatment as illustrative examples. She connects the dots between cognitive errors and unethical behavior rampant in the assessment and treatment of tongue-tie and lip “tie.” A discussion of the impact of bias on the differential diagnosis process concludes the module.

CEUs: 1.5 L-CERP/1.5 CE

Course Price: $25.00 (USD)

Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Describe 3 cognitive errors common in the tongue-tie/lip-“tie” industry.
  • Discuss how cognitive errors introduce bias into the diagnostic process.
  • List the 7 principles of health care ethics.
  • Explain how cognitive errors can compromise health care ethics.

Topics Covered

  • Multiple types of cognitive errors.
  • Bias generated by cognitive errors.
  • The 7 principles of healthcare ethics.
  • Erosion of ethical behavior generated by cognitive errors.
  • Bias in the differential diagnosis process of tongue-tie and lip “tie”.

Course/Module Description

Dr. Hazelbaker presents various cognitive errors and illustrates with cases how these errors manifest in the tongue-tie industry, undermining appropriate clinical care of the genuinely tongue-tied infant. She then addresses the 7 principles of healthcare ethics, making connections between cognitive errors and ethical behavioral erosion. The impact of cognitive errors and ethical breaches on the differential diagnosis process rounds out the module.

The content in this module is re-evaluated every three years in accordance with ANCC criteria. This content will be re-evaluated and updated on or before August 31, 2023.


Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker