BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Aug 16. pii: bmjqs-2016-005401. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005401. [Epub ahead of print]
The global burden of diagnostic errors in primary care.
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Diagnostic errors; Health policy; Information technology; Patient safety; Primary care
A new AHRQ-funded study echoes calls to reduce diagnostic errors by suggesting that the World Health Organization bring together experts to address the global challenge. The study recommended collaboration among primary care leaders, practicing clinicians, safety experts, policymakers and health information technology experts to prioritize needed practice changes and set research priorities that would lead to error reductions. The study, by AHRQ grantee Hardeep Singh, M.D., of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, follows a National Academy of Medicine report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” that concluded most people in their lifetime will experience an episode in which a diagnosis is missed, is inappropriately delayed, or is wrong. AHRQ is following up on that report by hosting a national summit on Sept. 28 to help prioritize U.S. diagnostic safety research. Access the agenda and register to attend via webcast. To learn more about Dr. Singh’s work with AHRQ to improve diagnostic safety, read a new AHRQ grantee profile. Access the abstract of Dr. Singh’s study, “The Global Burden of Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care,” which appeared in the August 16 issue of BMJ Quality and Safety, or the recent AHRQ Views blog post by Agency Director Andy Bindman, M.D., on the challenges of improving diagnostic safety.