September 23, 2015--The Institute of Medicine yesterday released a new consensus study entitled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. The report is available for free download at: http://Nas.edu/improvingdiagnosis
Diagnostic errors are diagnoses that are inaccurate, missed, or inappropriately delayed. This class of error is a broad, system-wide problem. By some estimates, diagnostic error affects 1 in 20 patients, or approximately 12 million people in the U.S. each year. Despite those numbers, it is an area that has not been well studied; much more research is needed.
The new report summarizes the evidence and outlines recommendations to make diagnoses more accurate, reliable, efficient, and safe. This work is a continuation of the IOM’s Quality Chasm series, which includes the previous reports To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.
The National Patient Safety Foundation, as a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, is sharing this important news with our contacts, and we hope you will share it with your peers and colleagues. The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis and its members hope to initiate a national discussion on diagnostic error and spark changes that lead to improved diagnostic performance.