Data and time related goals, etc

Tue Apr 24 03:39:56 UTC 2018

Dear all,

I have alway felt that doing something with evidence based and time related goals is the way to go in reducing errors in Medicine (and including diagnostic).

Am I wrong in thinking that we talk and talk but achieve little? Errors are reported to get worse and worse as the years pass? Are they?

About four to six years ago the incidence of fires in operating rooms was said to be about 600 a year in the US. 

I would have expected that to have reduced since then. Is there any evidence that it is reduced? After all the diagnosis is not very important if the patient dies from burns.

Also, is there any evidence that SIDM since its formation has saved lives because of improved diagnostic accuracy?

To me this is the problem we should be addressing on a daily basis.

Apologies for being so contentious.

What am I missing? Please help!


Rob Bell, M.D.

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

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