Definition of Diagnosis Error
benzonit at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 16:17:58 UTC 2017
There are too many flaws in the definition to give it credibility.
On Jan 18, 2017 8:33 AM, "Bob Latino" <blatino at reliability.com> wrote:
> Is this IOM Definition of Diagnosis Error an accepted definition by SIDM?
> What is Diagnostic Error?
> The Institute of Medicine recently 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. Simply put,
> these are diagnoses that are missed altogether, wrong, or should have been
> made much earlier.
> These categories overlap, but examples help illustrate some differences:
> *A missed diagnosis *refers to a patient whose medical complaints are
> never explained. Many patients with chronic fatigue, or chronic pain fall
> into this category, as well as patients with more specific complaints that
> are never accurately diagnosed.
> *A wrong diagnosis* occurs, for example, if a patient truly having a
> heart attack is told their pain is from acid indigestion. The original
> diagnosis is found to be incorrect because the true cause is discovered
> *A delayed diagnosis* refers to a case where the diagnosis should have
> been made earlier. Delayed diagnosis of cancer is by far the leading entity
> in this category. A major problem in this regard is that there are very few
> good guidelines on making a timely diagnosis, and many illnesses aren’t
> suspected until symptoms persist, or worsen.
> *Robert J. Latino, CEO*
> Reliability Center, Inc.
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> blatino at reliability.com
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