Activity

Diagnostic Error in Health Care


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

An IOM committee evaluated the existing knowledge about diagnostic error as a quality of care challenge. The committee examined definitions of diagnostic error and illustrative examples; the epidemiology, burden of harm, and costs associated with diagnostic error; and efforts to improve diagnosis. This report was a continuation of the Institute of Medicine's Quality Chasm Series, which focuses on assessing and improving the quality and safety of health care. It includes reports such as To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health SystemCrossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century and Preventing Medication Errors

The committee developed recommendations to reduce diagnostic error in health care. Action items for key stakeholders focused on education, the culture of health care, information technology, systems engineering, measurement approaches, changes in payment, and further research.

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