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July 15, 2009

Diagnostic Errors and Patient Safety

JAMA. 2009;302(3):258-260. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1007

To the Editor: In their Commentary on diagnostic errors in medicine, Drs Newman-Toker and Pronovost1 highlighted the relative absence of diagnostic error conversations in the field of patient safety and provided a much-needed framework for future investigation in this area. The authors noted that a multifaceted approach to reducing diagnostic errors is necessary and that this approach should include new methods (eg, simulation or gaming) for diagnostic education coupled with major advances in health information technology. Although their suggestions for future research in this area are sound, we believe that insufficient attention was given to the educational environment that is necessary to move this field forward.