ERIC Number: EJ855246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Next Steps: Envisioning a Research Agenda
Graber, Mark L.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v14 suppl 1 p107-112 Sep 2009
The topic of diagnostic error is a relatively new one in the academic arena and lacks an organized research agenda. Participants at "Diagnostic Error in Medicine-2008" formally considered this issue and provided initial suggestions. Recommendations were made to standardize taxonomies and definitions, especially in regard to what constitutes a delay in diagnosis. Error discovery needs emphasis, especially with autopsies becoming a rarity. Developing standardized tools to study diagnostic error in laboratory-like conditions was viewed as a top priority. Many issues were reviewed in regard to error generation (what conditions are error-prone, what is the role of the clinicians expertise, etc.), and error reduction. These included both system-level and cognitive interventions, with specific suggestions for each dimension.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Research Needs, Guidelines, Systems Approach, Cognitive Processes, Safety, Patients, Risk, Prevention, Medical Services, Medical Evaluation, Clinical Diagnosis, Problems, Medical Research, Improvement Programs
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