IOM Report on Diagnostic Error

Graber, Mark Mark.Graber at VA.GOV
Wed Oct 9 15:23:19 UTC 2013

This past year the SIDM Board petitioned the Institute of Medicine to undertake a comprehensive report on diagnostic error as the next chapter in their "Crossing the Quality Chasm" series on patient safety.  We announced at the 2013 DEM meeting that our proposal has been approved by the Executive Committee of the IOM's National Research Council Governing Board and enthusiastically endorsed by IOM President Harvey Feinberg and several leading people in the patient safety community.   The IOM's "To Err is Human" in 1999 was the inspiration for the current patient safety movement, and it is our hope that this same type of impact could be realized for diagnostic errors by specifically focusing on this issue.  In addition to summarizing the current state of understanding concerning diagnostic error, the report is expected to outline the current gaps in this knowledge, and actions the many different stakeholders could consider to close these gaps and reduce the risk of diagnostic error.

To initiate work on the project the IOM requires at least 75% of funding to be secured, and thanks to generous contributions from the Cautious Patient Foundation and the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), this goal is within sight.  Any suggestions on additional funding sources would be greatly appreciated; we would all love to see this project started as soon as possible.

Please see Susan Carr's excellent summary of this project, recently posted on PSQH, for more details:

Mark L Graber MD FACP
Founder and President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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