AHRQ Research Summit; NQF Measure Framework

Mark Graber graber.mark at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 2 21:00:15 UTC 2016

Besides marking our 5th year birthday, this is the 1 year anniversary of the IOM's report "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care".  What's happened in that year?  

Two events this past week are especially noteworthy, both originating from the US Department of Health and Human Services:

This past Thursday we gathered at the HHS headquarters in Rockville MD for the first ever "AHRQ Research Summit on Improving Diagnosis in Health Care".  During a full day meeting attended by several hundred people, research gaps and ideas to improve diagnosis were discussed and prioritized.  Full details will be found on the AHRQ website (1)

We also received very welcome news of a second HHS project, working with the National Quality Forum, to begin developing a framework for measuring diagnostic performance. The announcement is attached.  Although Bob Berenson recently reminded us of the most misunderstood quotation in our field (that you can't improve what you can't measure),(2) many would say that learning how to measure is the most important tool we need to begin addressing diagnostic error.  The NQF will be looking for nominations starting next week, and all NQF-member organizations are eligible to submit nominations.  

Both of these events mark the beginnings of good things to come - research to fill in the gaps in understanding diagnostic error and beginning to study interventions, based on measurement.  


Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, SIDM  www.improvediagnosis.org <http://www.improvediagnosis.org/>
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
Save the Date: Diagnostic Error in Medicine, November 6-8, 2016, Los Angeles, CA
Save the Date: Australiasia DEM, May 24-25, 2017, Melbourne Australia
www.improvediagnosis.org <http://www.improvediagnosis.org/>

 AHRQ Summit:	 http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/ahrq-research-summit-diagnostic-safety.html <http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/ahrq-research-summit-diagnostic-safety.html>
Berenson:    		 https://newsatjama.jama.com/2016/01/13/jama-forum-if-you-cant-measure-performance-can-you-improve-it/ <https://newsatjama.jama.com/2016/01/13/jama-forum-if-you-cant-measure-performance-can-you-improve-it/> 

Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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