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December 15, 2015

Measurement Is Essential for Improving Diagnosis and Reducing Diagnostic Error: A Report From the Institute of Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, Pasadena, California
  • 2Center for Health Policy, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 3Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 4National Quality Forum, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;314(23):2501-2502. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13453

Nearly all patients will experience a diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences. That conclusion by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a recently released report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” should mobilize collaboration among patients, health care professionals and organizations, government, and the private sector to improve the diagnostic process.1 Diagnostic errors have received less attention than other medical errors, even though correct diagnosis is fundamental to subsequent choices. Diagnostic errors occur in every health care setting and clinical area.

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