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Coalition tackling diagnostic errors gains some traction
Modern Healthcare

Diagnostic errors are one of the most common mistakes in medicine, affecting 1 in 20 adults, according to research published in BMJ. They were also the leading cause of malpractice claims, accounting for about 29% of total suits from 1986 to 2010. Despite the prevalence of such errors, more attention has been paid to other types of clinical mistakes, such as central line and other healthcare-acquired infections.

Health system quality leaders say part of the reason for that is because research is not plentiful, and awareness about the issue is relatively thin.  Although the 1999 landmark report To Err is Human mentions diagnostic errors, it doesn’t say much about how to address the problem, and the National Academies of Sciences didn’t publish a stand-alone report on the issue until 2015. The report lays out goals for the industry to improve diagnostic accuracy such as ensuring that technology supports patients and clinicians in the diagnostic process. 

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