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What contributes to diagnostic error or delay? A qualitative exploration across diverse acute care settings in the United States.

Barwise A, Leppin A, Dong Y, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(4):239-248.

Diagnostic errors and delays continue to be a widespread patient safety concern in hospitalized patients. Researchers conducted focus groups with key clinician stakeholders to determine factors that contribute to diagnostic error and delay. Clinicians indicated that organizational, interactional, clinician, and patient factors all interact to cause errors and delays. These diverse factors must be considered when implementing interventions to reduce diagnostic errors and delays.