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Title Improving diagnosis in health care / Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care ; Erin P. Balogh, Bryan T. Miller, and John R. Ball, editors ; Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine, the National Academies of Sciences, Englineering, and Medicine.

Published Washington, D.C. : The National Academies Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 346 pages).
Series Quality chasm series
Quality chasm series.
NCBI BookShelf
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents The diagnostic process -- Overview of diagnostic error in health care -- Diagnostic team members & tasks -- Technology and tools in the diagnostic process -- Organizational characteristics, the physical environment, and the diagnostic process -- The external environment influeincing diagnosis -- A research agenda for the diagnostic process and diagnostic error -- The path to improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic error.
Summary "Getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect of health care -- it provides an explanation of a patient's health problem and informs all subsequent health care decisions. The diagnostic process is a complex, collaborative activity that involves clinical reasoning and information gathering to determine a patient's health problem. According to Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, diagnostic errors -- inaccurate or delayed diagnoses -- persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients. It is likely that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences. Diagnostic errors can lead to negative health outcomes, psychological distress, and financial costs. If a diagnostic error occurs, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment may be given to a patient or appropriate (and potentially lifesaving) treatment may be withheld or delayed. Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, a continuation of the landmark Institute of Medicine reports To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (2000) and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001) finds that diagnosis -- and, in particular, the occurrence of diagnostic errors -- has been largely unappreciated in efforts to improve the quality and safety of health care. Without a dedicated focus on improving diagnosis, diagnostic errors will likely worsen as the delivery of health care and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity. Just as the diagnostic process is a collaborative activity, improving diagnosis will require collaboration and a widespread commitment to change among health care professionals, health care organizations, patients and their families, researchers, and policy makers. The recommendations of Improving Diagnosis in Health Care contribute to the growing momentum for change in this crucial area of health care quality and safety"--Publisher's description.
Other author Balogh, Erin, editor.
Miller, Bryan T., editor.
Ball, John, 1944- editor.
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care, issuing body.
National Library of Medicine issuing body.
Subject Diagnosis -- United States.
Diagnostic errors -- United States -- Prevention.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780309377706 (electronic bk.)
0309377706 (electronic bk.)
9780309377690 (pbk.)
0309377692 (pbk.)