Improving Diagnostic Safety

Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017

Diagnostic error is a significant and under-recognized threat to patient safety.

AHRQ is funding research to better understand how these errors happen and what can be done to prevent them. 

According to the AHRQ-sponsored report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care Link to Exit Disclaimer, published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2015, most patients will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime.

These errors occur in all settings of care, contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and are the primary reason for medical liability claims. Read the full article.

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