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ABMS-NPSF Summit on Certification & Diagnostic Accuracy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Patricia McTiernan
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The 2015 report Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the third in its landmark Quality Series, placed a public spotlight on the issue of diagnostic accuracy. According to the report, diagnostic errors play a role in roughly 10% of patient deaths, and 6% to 17% of adverse events in a hospital setting. Defining diagnostic error as “the failure to (a) establish an accurate and timely explanation of the patient’s health problem(s) or (b) communicate that explanation to the patient,” the IOM report characterizes diagnosis as a process in which every patient and health care professional must be an active and engaged participant.


The significance and relevance of the IOM report’s findings and recommendations served as the impetus for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) to bring together experts in health care quality and safety, research, medical education and technology, and board certification to explore opportunities for these communities to work together to improve diagnostic accuracy.


Recognizing the unique position of ABMS and its Member Boards to help focus attention on diagnostic accuracy through Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification, the “Summit on Certification and Diagnostic Accuracy,” held in December 2015, explored the causes of diagnostic error; the competencies essential to quality patient care; and the ways that certification, by engaging physicians in assessment and learning, can further reduce the risk of error.


The summit yielded three areas of recommendations: training and education; assessment and improvement; and practice environment and culture.


To find out more, download the summit report, which summarizes the discussions, key insights, and recommended actions from the event.

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