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Preventing Diagnostic Error Resources

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014

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Below please find complimentary, production-ready materials and resources to support Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 which were developed by the National Patient Safety Foundation in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM).

Special thanks is given to other organizations that graciously donated content (where noted).

Diagnostic Error General Resources

Diagnostic Errors Resource List

Diagnostic Error Speaker List


Resources for Patients and Families

Ask Me 3—Good Questions for Getting the Right Diagnosis

Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis

Myths and Facts About Diagnostic Error | Patient and Families

Reducing Diagnostic Error: 10 Things I Could Do Tomorrow | Patients and Families

Kaiser Permanente | SMART Partners Guide

The Joint Commission | Speak Up Brochure

The Patient’s Toolkit for Diagnosis NOTE: This resource will print best if you download it as a PDF document first OR view it in Internet Explorer.


Resources for Health Care Clinicians and Professionals

BMJ Quality & Safety Supplement Articles | Diagnostic Error in Medicine 2013

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Choosing Wisely – About the Campaign

Myths and Facts About Diagnostic Error | Physicians

ECRI Institute PSO | Deep Dive: Health Information Technology

ECRI Institute PSO | Deep Dive: Health Information Technology – Toolkit

ECRI Institute PSO | Diagnostic Test Tracking and Follow Up

ECRI Institute PSO | Sample Policy: Reporting Test Results

NPSF Professional Learning Series | Preventing Diagnostic Error: Where Do I Start?

Reducing Diagnostic Error: Ten Things I Could Do Tomorrow

See also Supplementary Webcast Materials – How to Do a Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error


Resources for Health Care Organizations

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority | Diagnostic Error Measures Worksheet

Myths and Facts About Diagnostic Error | Health Care Organizations

Reducing Diagnostic Error: Ten Things I Could Do Tomorrow | Health Care Organizations

Working with Patients and Families to Get the Right Diagnosis

CRICO | Clinical Guidelines > Breast Care > Colorectal Cancer