New AHRQ Report Describes Framework for Measuring Diagnostic Error
A new AHRQ-supported report published in BMJ Quality & Safetydescribes a conceptual model called the Safer Dx Framework that is designed to systematically measure and monitor diagnostic errors. The Safer Dx Framework examines diagnostic safety from three perspectives: variables within the environment in which diagnoses take place (such as the internal physical/organizational medical setting), the process for making diagnoses (such as interpersonal aspects between clinician/patient) and patient outcomes (patient health status or behavior). The authors said the Safer Dx Framework is intended to facilitate feedback and learning that can improve diagnostic safety and help make it a safety priority within the medical organization. They said that diagnostic error is a relatively understudied and unmeasured area of patient safety and that most health care organizations lack the tools and strategies to address it or make it a patient safety priority. The report, “Advancing the Science of Measurement of Diagnostic Errors in Health Care: The Safer Dx Framework,” was published online January 14.