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The following articles pertain to diagnostic error and the battle to prevent it.

 How to Reduce Diagnostic Errors and Improve Patient Quality & Safety


Misdiagnosis: Can it be Remedied?

The major areas of misdiagnosis -- commonly defined as "a diagnosis that is missed, wrong, or delayed, as detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding" -- have not changed much over the years, according to Mark Graber, MD, founder and president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), who coined the definition in 2005.


Read the article in MedPage Today here.

The Battle Against Misdiagnosis

There are times when a single, unexpected death sparks a change in medical practice. In 2012 a 12-year-old boy named Rory Staunton died after being misdiagnosed in a New York City emergency room. Multiple physicians missed the symptoms, signs and lab results pointing to a streptococcal bacterial infection that led to septic shock and overwhelmed Rory's body. The tragedy prompted New York state in January 2013 to introduce "Rory's regulations," a set of stringent protocols aimed at preventing similar incidents in hospitals.”



Read the article, featuring board member Hardeep Singh (MD), in the Wall Street Journal here.

Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2015 

“Estimations from an April 2014 report from Houston Veterans Affairs and Baylor College of Medicine researcher Hardeep Singh, MD, and colleagues [says]  that 12 million U.S. outpatient adults may be given incorrect or delayed diagnoses every year. Singh says reducing misdiagnosis must be a major quality focus for 2015 because providers and patients should not tolerate error rates this high.”

Read the article, featuring President Mark Graber (MD, FACP) and board member Hardeep Singh (MD), in HealthLeaders Media here.

Diagnostic Errors are the Most Common Type of Medical Mistake

An Interview with David Newman-Toker and Time Magazine


Not every visit to the hospital has a happy ending, and neither does every misdiagnosis lead to severe harm, but Newman-Toker’s personal experiences motivated him to improve medical misdiagnoses, which he says are not only common, but preventable in most cases. To gain more knowledge about the scope of medical diagnostic errors in the U.S., Newman-Toker and his colleagues reviewed 25 years of medical malpractice claim payouts and reported their findings in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety.”


Read the article, featuring board member David Newman-Toker, in Time Magazine here.

The Patient Is In: Patient Involvement Strategies for Diagnostic Error Mitigation

Although healthcare quality and patient safety have longstanding international attention, the target of reducing diagnostic errors has only recently gained prominence, even though numerous patients, families and professional caregivers have suffered from diagnostic mishaps for a long time. Similarly, patients have always been involved in their own care to some extent, but only recently have patients sought more opportunities for engagement and participation in healthcare improvements. This paper brings these two promising trends together, analyzing strategies for patient involvement in reducing diagnostic errors in an individual's own care, in improving the healthcare delivery system's diagnostic safety, and in contributing to research and policy development on diagnosis-related issues. 


Read the article by Patient Engagement Committee Co-Chair Kathryn M. McDonald (pictured above), Cindy L. Bryce, and President Mark Graber in BMJ Quality and Safety here.



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