Improving Diagnosis in Health Care
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In 2015, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAM) released their landmark report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, identifying eight major goals for advancing progress on diagnostic error. The report has helped inform the work of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and its Coalition to Improve Diagnosis (CID); the goals are listed below.

  • Facilitate more effective teamwork in the diagnostic process among health care professionals, patients, and their families.
  •  Enhance health care professional education and training in the diagnostic process.
  •  Ensure that health information technologies support patients and health care professionals in the diagnostic process.
  •  Develop and deploy approaches to identify, learn from, and reduce diagnostic errors and near misses in clinical practice.
  •  Establish a work system and culture that supports the diagnostic process and improvements in diagnostic performance.
  •  Develop a reporting environment and medical liability system that facilitates improved diagnosis by learning from diagnostic errors and near misses.
  •  Design a payment and care delivery environment that supports the diagnostic process.
  •  Provide dedicated funding for research on the diagnostic process and diagnostic errors.


Highlighting Progress, Advancing the Movement

In 2017, NAM hosted an event highlighting substantial progress to advance the vision of Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, including a presentation from SIDM leadership recognizing contributions made by Coalition members.

Attendees from diverse organizations committed to improving diagnostic accuracy celebrating progress and discussed the urgent patient safety imperative to address harm related to diagnostic error. SIDM is committed to leading these efforts, and will explore every opportunity to accelerate progress.

The webcast of the meeting is provided below.



Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine
1501 Hinman Ave, #7B
Evanston, Il 60201