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Journal Article

Improving Diagnostic Fidelity: An Approach to Standardizing the Process in Patients With Emerging Critical Illness

Jayaprakash N, Chae J, Sabov M, et al. Mayo Clinic proceedings. Innovations, quality & outcomes. 2019;3:327-334.

Deviations or variations in diagnostic fidelity, including diagnostic errors and delays, can lead to serious adverse events or death, yet measurement tools and reporting processes for ensuring diagnostic fidelity are underdeveloped. This single-site retrospective study found that these errors and delays can be reliably identified using EMR data, and that variations in diagnostic fidelity are linked to increased morbidity and mortality.