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With support from funders who are committed to improving diagnosis, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is spearheading significant projects working to support clinicians, patients, researchers and educators to improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis and reduce harm caused by diagnostic error.
Coalition to improve diagnosis
The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, formed and led by the Society to Improve Diagnosis, increases awareness and actions that improve diagnosis. Members of the Coalition represent hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and patients—and the leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care. Together, we work to find solutions that enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients. The Coalition is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Mont Fund.
Diagnostic Data Platform
Diagnostic error is complex. The Diagnostic Data Platform (DDP) initiative is exploring how data can help fill the many gaps that exist within the diagnostic process. The gaps are both cognitive and systemic.
Inter-Professional Consensus Curriculum on Diagnosis and Diagnostic Error
With support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, SIDM is working with an inter-professional group of experts to develop a consensus curriculum around diagnosis. After completing a systematic literature review, resulting in hundreds of relevant articles on medical education and diagnosis, or clinical reasoning and competencies, a Consensus Committee is in the process of identifying the competencies needed to improve diagnostic performance with the goal of ultimately endorsing them for adoption in education and training.
Developing Effective Tools to Improve the Diagnostic Process
Working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), SIDM and a number healthcare organizations have developed a collaborative to test and develop tools and techniques to improve the safety of the diagnostic process. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and using the IHI Model for Improvement which works to accelerate improvement by establishing three fundamental questions: 1) What are we trying to accomplish? 2) How will we know that a change is an improvement? 3) What change can we make that will result in improvement? and then using a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle to test implementation in real world settings. The SIDM/IHI collaborative includes six pilot sites: MedStar Health, University of Michigan, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Northwell Health and the UCSF Medical Center. At the end of the project SIDM and IHI will evaluate the relative merits and impact of each of the pilots and develop a dissemination plan for successful interventions.
Patients Improving Research in Diagnosis
With funding from a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Patients Improving Research in Diagnosis, will develop and evaluate an innovative curriculum to train Patient Partners to participate in the design, execution and dissemination of research to improve diagnosis. SIDM and its partners from Project Patient Care (PPC) and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety will also work together to develop a new Academy for Patient Partners.