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Search results for "Diagnostic Errors"
- Diagnostic Errors
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.
Palo Alto, CA: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; November 1, 2018.
Missed or delayed diagnoses lead to delays in care and significant preventable harm for patients. Despite an increasing focus on diagnostic error, accurate measurement and implementation of effective strategies for mitigating its adverse effects remain challenging. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently announced a new $85 million initiative focused on diagnostic excellence that takes into account health care costs, timeliness, and individual patient needs. This initiative will focus on three clinical areas including cancer, infections, and cardiovascular events. Through this funding, the foundation hopes to stimulate novel approaches to measuring diagnostic performance and plans to assess the effectiveness of new technologies in improving the diagnostic process. A PSNet perspective highlighted ongoing challenges related to diagnostic error.
Kast S. "On the Record." WYPR. October 31, 2017.
Diagnostic error continues to motivate improvement efforts in patient safety. This audio news segment discusses challenges that contribute to misdiagnosis, strategies to prevent diagnostic errors, and recommendations for patients to reduce risks such as preparing for appointments and asking questions.
Clearing the Error: Using Public Deliberation to Define Patient Roles as Partners in the Diagnostic Process.
St. Paul, MN: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Jefferson Center; 2017.
Advocates for improving diagnosis emphasize the role of the patient as key to success. This report examines factors to consider when designing interventions to strengthen patient participation in the diagnostic process. Recommendations to enhance relationships with patients to reduce diagnostic error focus on managing misperceptions that can affect decision-making and communication.
Martin N, Montagne R. ProPublica and National Public Radio. May 12, 2017.
Maternal mortality is increasing in the United States. This news article reports on this critical safety problem in the context of the preventable death of a patient whose diagnosis of preeclampsia was missed by her providers, despite persistent concerns raised by family about the patient's symptoms.
Dwyer J. New York Times. April 13, 2017.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. December 4, 2016.
Delays in diagnosis can both diminish the patient–physician relationship and result in harm. This newspaper article describes steps patients can take to enable effective diagnosis, including reviewing their medical records, asking questions during discussions with clinicians, and bringing an advocate to appointments.
Hobson K. US News News and World Report. September 13, 2016.
Diagnostic error has recently gained recognition as an important patient safety concern. This news article relates the experiences of patients who were misdiagnosed and discusses avenues for improvement such as exploring physician problem-solving behaviors and using trigger tools to detect potential lapses in care.
CDC Vital Signs. August 23, 2016.
Donnelly L. The Telegraph. January 31, 2016.
Delays in care and diagnosis can result in patient harm. This news article reports on the trend of delays in prehospital emergency care as a safety concern in the United Kingdom and describes an incident involving an infant who died from sepsis after a call handler from the NHS 111 service failed to recognize that the child required urgent care.
Epstein H. The Atlantic. November 17, 2015.
Recent emphasis on diagnostic error has raised awareness of the problem. This magazine article discusses how the wide range of diseases to be considered by pediatricians and challenges associated with children's ability to recognize and describe their symptoms contribute to diagnostic complexity in this specialty.
Offri D. New York Times. October 8, 2015.
This news article offers insights from a physician about the complexities around establishing a diagnosis in frontline practice and the recent IOM report recommendation to improve reimbursement systems as a way to encourage physicians to spend more time on the cognitive component of forming a diagnosis rather than simply ordering imaging tests.
Olsen J. Star Tribune. August 30, 2015.
Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
Gawande A. New Yorker. May 11, 2015.
The overuse of medical care and its negative impact on personal health and finances is an emerging concern. This magazine article provides insights from a surgeon about how providing unnecessary care can contribute to patient harm and waste. Consequences of unneeded medical care include overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. A previous AHRQ WebM&M perspective explored overuse as a patient safety problem.
Carville O. The Star. November 14, 2014.
This news article reports on a case involving a patient who was misdiagnosed with terminal cancer and touches on the psychological impact of diagnostic error on the patient and his family. The potential causes of the mistake include laboratory sample confusion and misinterpretation of biopsy results.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. May 6, 2013.
This newspaper article discusses the pervasive problem of diagnostic errors and reveals insights from clinicians and patients on why they occur and how to prevent them.
Cohn J. The Atlantic. March 2013;311:59–67.
This magazine article reports how technology, such as IBM's Watson, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of health care decision making.
Journal Article > Study
Wolf JA, Moreau J, Akilov O, et al. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149:422-426.
Smartphones provide opportunities to share information and may become invaluable tools for certain health care functions, such as assisting smoking cessation or monitoring medication adverse effects. Recently, several mobile health care applications have been developed and marketed directly to non-clinician consumers. This study evaluates the accuracy of four smartphone applications intended to assess photographs of skin lesions to help users decide whether the lesion is potentially dangerous. Overall, the applications performed poorly, with three incorrectly classifying 30% or more of melanomas as unconcerning. In the more accurate fourth application, images are sent to a board-certified dermatologist for evaluation, rather than using a preset algorithm. The concern is that reliance on these dermatologic applications could delay diagnoses and ultimately harm patients.
Sanders L. New York Times Magazine. March 18, 2012.
This interactive magazine feature takes readers through the decision-making process in a case involving diagnostic error.
Fischer MA. AARP The Magazine. July/August 2011;54:50-53,80.
This magazine article discusses several cases of misdiagnosis, explores reasons for errors, and provides tips for patients to improve safety.