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Commentary

Reducing the risk of diagnostic error in the COVID-19 era.

J Hosp Med. 2020 Jun;15(6):363-366. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3461.PMID: 32490798

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May 27, 2020
Gandhi TK, Singh H. J. Hosp Med. 2020;15(6):363-366.

The authors present a nomenclature to describe eight types of diagnostic errors anticipated in the COVID-19 pandemic (classic, anomalous, anchor, secondary, acute collateral, chronic collateral, strain and unintended diagnostic errors) and highlight mitigation strategies to reduce potentially preventable harm, including the use of electronic decision support, communication tactics such as visual aids, and huddles. Organizational strategies (e.g., peer-support, duty hour limits, and forums for transparent communication) and state/federal guidance around testing and monitoring diagnostic performance are also discussed.