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Research Letter
November 2018

Education and Reporting of Diagnostic Errors Among Physicians in Internal Medicine Training Programs

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(11):1548-1549. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4184

In September 2015, the National Academy of Medicine released the landmark report “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” which defined diagnostic error as “the failure to (a) establish an accurate and timely explanation of the patient’s health problem(s) or (b) communicate that explanation to the patient.”1 Earlier educational programs that addressed diagnostic error focused on providers' medical knowledge, clinical reasoning, and systems awareness.1-4 We evaluated physicians’ training for and comfort with communicating diagnostic errors to patients and reporting them to other health care providers.

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