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Groopman J. The New Yorker. January 29, 2007;47:36-41.
The author discusses how heuristics can lead to errors in physician judgement and decision making.
Breast Cancer Services in Trafford and North Manchester. An Investigation Into The Circumstances Surrounding A Serious Clinical Incident In Symptomatic Breast Services – The Baker Report.
Baker M. Manchester, England: NHS North West; February 2007.
This report shares findings from an investigation into individual and system failures that contributed to a radiologist misreading mammograms for a 2-year period.
Dwyer J. New York Times. July 11, 2012:A15.
This newspaper article reports on gaps in communication and a missed sepsis diagnosis that led to a patient's death.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Tanya and Phil Barnett.
This Web site includes a video chronicling how an undiagnosed heart condition led to a teenager's death and offers tips for patients to prevent medical errors.
Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.
Agnvall E. AARP. November 16, 2012.
Tampa, FL: Sepsis Alliance; 2010.
Revealing incidents in which diagnostic delay led to sepsis, this video provides information to help consumers recognize the condition.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. June 13, 2011:E1.
Consumer Reports on Health. November 2013;25:6-7.
Improving Diagnosis: Teenage Cancer Trust Report on Improving the Diagnostic Experience of Young People With Cancer.
London, England: Teenage Cancer Trust; 2013.
This report spotlights challenges to early diagnosis of cancer in pediatrics and offers guidance for clinicians and families to improve care for these patients.
Burcham K. WSOC-TV. November 22, 2013.
This news piece reports on a missed diagnosis of meningitis and illustrates how premature closure can hinder safe care.
Loftis RL. Dallas Morning News. October 5, 2014.
Guidelines and rules are developed to help augment safety, but they cannot guarantee it. This news article explores the potential causes for a missed diagnosis of Ebola despite screening procedures for the virus, including weaknesses in an electronic health record system, complacency, and poor communication.
Dunklin R, Thompson S. Dallas Morning News. December 6, 2014.
This news article reports on the widely publicized delayed diagnosis of Ebola at a Dallas hospital and reveals previously undisclosed details from the emergency room physician who misdiagnosed the patient when he first presented, including information and communication gaps that may have contributed to the failure.
Olsen J. Star Tribune. August 30, 2015.
Innes S. Arizona Daily Star. September 12, 2016.
Delayed diagnoses can have serious consequences. This news article reviews several examples of misdiagnosis and insights from the patients and families involved, explores the importance of engaging patients in determining correct diagnoses, and places the discussion in the broader context of efforts to reduce diagnostic error.
Howard J. CNN. October 31, 2016.
Although genetic testing can provide proactive assessment for disease, it can also result in unnecessary care. This news article reports on the unexpected death of a child and how the family experienced psychological harm and received unnecessary care due to misdiagnosis related to false positive test results for long QT syndrome.
Mickle K. Glamour Magazine. August 11, 2017.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2017.
Misdiagnosis has gained recognition as an important patient safety problem. This newspaper article reports on several areas of research and improvement efforts that seek to better understand the roots of diagnostic error and design solutions. Strategies discussed include artificial intelligence, lessons learned initiatives, and data-tracking mechanisms.
Chisholm P. Health Shots. National Public Radio. February 27, 2019.