Improving diagnosis in health care is considered the next imperative for patient safety.1,2 Rapidly evolving diagnostic tests and treatments and competing priorities and pressures encountered by clinicians to deliver high-quality, low-cost health care make this a major challenge. Clinicians frequently balance undertesting, possibly missing a diagnosis, with pursuing overzealous diagnostic testing, which could be harmful and costly. Rigorous multidisciplinary research and innovation from cognitive psychology, human factors, informatics, and social sciences are needed to stimulate previous efforts to reduce diagnostic errors. The Moore Foundation’s recently announced $85 million, 6-year initiative on improving diagnostic excellence could be particularly transformative because it “aims to reduce harm from erroneous or delayed diagnoses” but also “goes beyond avoiding errors and includes consideration of cost, timeliness and patient convenience.”3
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Meyer AND, Singh H. The Path to Diagnostic Excellence Includes Feedback to Calibrate How Clinicians Think. JAMA. 2019;321(8):737–738. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0113
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