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5 Ways to Reduce Inpatient Diagnosis Errors

News  |  By HealthLeaders Media News  
   October 26, 2016

A framework of strategies has been developed around five dimensions of inpatient diagnostic errors. Researchers say their work is also applicable to other patient populations.

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have developed a framework of strategies to reduce diagnosis errors in hospitalized patients.

While investigating diagnosis errors in hospitalized patients, the researchers identified five dimensions of diagnosis, then analyzed errors to identify improvement opportunities within each dimension. Their work was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

National patient safety initiatives and CMS's efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions have not focused on misdiagnoses, noted study co-author Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at Baylor and chief of the Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program at the Houston VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety.

Reducing Diagnostic Errors

The research focused on inpatients, but the dimensions of diagnosis and corresponding improvement opportunities are broadly applicable, Singh said in a statement.

The five dimensions and some suggested improvements include:

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