Journal Article
Commentary

Identifying and analyzing diagnostic paths: a new approach for studying diagnostic practices.

Rao G; Epner P; Bauer V; Solomonides A; Newman-Toker DE.

This commentary explores diagnosis of common conditions in primary care and highlights approaches for studying the process, such as practice variation and patterning. The authors suggest big data as a method to mine electronic medical records to identify the information needed to inform improvement.