SIDM adopts 'Diagnosis' as official journal

David Meyers dm0015 at ICLOUD.COM
Wed Apr 19 14:03:19 UTC 2017


Effort intended to increase diversity of contributors and expand readership

A deeper partnership between the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine <> (SIDM) and the publisher of the peer-reviewed journal, DIAGNOSIS <>, will expand the reach of the quarterly publication in the future, and increase attention on the pervasive problem of misdiagnosis in the United States and internationally, SIDM executives said today.

Launched in 2014, DIAGNOSIS focuses on how diagnostic medicine can be advanced, how it is taught, and how and why it can fail. The journal provides a platform to highlight both fundamental and applied research, improvement initiatives, opinions, and debates to encourage new thinking on improving this critical aspect of healthcare quality. Under the partnership announced today, SIDM will work with the journal’s publisher, De Gruyter, to significantly increase the journal’s readership in the United States and globally, while broadening its base of contributors. 

Members of the SIDM community have been involved with the journal since its inception. SIDM founder and president, Mark L. Graber <>, MD, FACP, also serves as its co-editor-in-chief, with Professor Mario Plebani of the University of Padua, Italy. Under the arrangement announced today with De Gruyter, the journal will now highlight SIDM activities and projects, and access will be available free of charge to SIDM contributing members. SIDM will increase its role in generating content that reflects cross-sectoral collaboration and diversity, and also increase promotional efforts among a wide group of audiences, including patients, clinicians, and healthcare system leaders.

With studies showing one in 10 diagnoses are either incorrect or delayed, SIDM aims to ensure no patients are harmed by diagnostic error by ensuring that diagnosis is accurate, timely, efficient, and safe. 

“Diagnosis is the foundation of medical practice, yet too often we get it wrong,” said Graber. “Diagnosis encompasses a range of complexities that include gaining patient trust, collecting accurate medical histories, performing diagnostic tests, andsynthesizing all of this information to communicate the proposed diagnosis in terms the patient can understand. The journal helps increase our understanding of these issues to improve the quality and safety of this complex diagnostic process.” 

Experts agree that diagnosis is one of the most difficult and complex tasks in healthcare, with more than 10,000 potential diagnoses, thousands of testing choices, and the overriding challenge that symptoms vary considerably among individuals. The Institute of Medicine reported <> in 2015 that error in diagnosis, often overlooked, is a systematic issue that affects an estimated one in 20 primary care patients, or more than 12 million Americans each year.

As the only organization focused solely on improving the quality and safety of medical diagnoses, SIDM convened theCoalition to Improve Diagnosis <> in 2015 to increase awareness of the issue and advocate for improvement. The coalition has 32prominent healthcare organizations as members. 

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About the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
SIDM is a nonprofit organization whose members include clinicians and other healthcare professionals, patients and every stakeholder in the diagnostic process. SIDM sponsors the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference being held October 8-10, 2017 in Boston, Mass. In 2015, SIDM established the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a collaboration of 31 leading healthcare organizations. Visit <> to learn more. 

About DIAGNOSIS Journal
DIAGNOSIS aims at answering the question of how diagnosis determines the quality of medical care. It focuses on how diagnosis can be advanced, how it is taught, and how and why it can fail, leading to diagnostic errors. The journal welcomes both fundamental and applied works, improvement initiatives, opinions, and debates to encourage new thinking on improving this critical aspect of healthcare quality.

About De Gruyter Publishing 
De Gruyter publishes first-class scholarship and has done so for more than 260 years. An international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin -- and with further offices in Boston, Beijing, Basel, Vienna, Warsaw and Munich -- it publishes over 1,300 new book titles each year and more than 750 journals in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and law. The publishing house also offers a wide range of digital media, including open access journals and books. The group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Open, De Gruyter Saur and De|G Press. For more information, visit: <x-msg://118/>.

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