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Don’t Blame Hospitals for All Diagnostic Errors
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The patient safety movement has long focused on errors in acute and long-term care settings. But now investigators are pointing their research tools at the diagnostic skills of primary care physicians because too often, they’re getting it wrong, causing avoidable and significant patient harm as a result. By backtracking patients whose deterioration necessitated that they be admitted to a hospital or another care setting, researchers could see how clinicians in their office practices forgot or missed certain critical steps that could have averted emergencies that ensued days after patients left the doctors’ offices.