Call for Conference Workshops
Mark your calendar and plan to join stakeholders from around the world interested in improving diagnosis at the Diagnostic Error in Medicine 14th Annual International Conference (SIDM2021), taking place virtually October 25-27, 2021. This year's theme, Reducing Disparities; Improving Diagnosis, will explore how disparities and inequalities contribute to misdiagnosis and diagnostic delays and how social determinates of health can impact clinical decision making.
How Seniors Can Avoid Misdiagnosis
An old joke goes, aging is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. However, it matters very much when aging gets in the way of an accurate diagnosis. Seniors are misdiagnosed more often than younger adults and can be harmed more by it than younger bodies are. Read our latest Dx IQ Column to learn more.
Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence Open for Applications
Do you know someone looking to develop additional expertise in diagnostic safety and quality? The SIDM Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence is now accepting applications until April 6, 2021. Learn more about our fellowship options to catalyze careers in the field of diagnostic medicine and cultivate leaders in the diagnostic safety movement.
Long COVID Gains Acceptance as Many Questions Remain Unanswered
The past year has been an exercise in humility. For all that was quickly learned about the new SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19, there have been constant reminders of what is not yet known, including the infection’s long-term implications. Read the latest ImproveDx Newsletter to learn more.
Tools for Co-Creating Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research
Are you interested in conducting diagnostic comparative effectiveness research (CER), but you don’t know where to start? SIDM's resources and tools can help you translate your issue or topic into a CER question and identify opportunities and methods to co-create your research concept with patient research partners.
This Winter, COVID-19 Is Not Your
Only Health Concern
As you read this, COVID-19 may be spiking in your community for the second or third time. Perhaps your hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and have stopped elective surgeries. The news is filled with scary headlines. You have every reason to want to limit your exposure. COVID-19 may be scary but ten more months of avoiding your doctor may be worse.
Diagnosis and Telemedicine – What are the Important Research Questions?
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the usage of telemedicine overnight, establishing it as a mainstay for healthcare delivery and diagnosis. A new project convened by SIDM, funded by PCORI, will bring together a multi-stakeholder group to make recommendations on the research most needed by the field.
One in 10 Patients with a ‘Big Three’
One in 10 people (9.6%) with symptoms caused by a major vascular event, infection, or cancer will be misdiagnosed, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO Strategies.
Coalition Members Respond to COVID-19
Many of our Coalition to Improve Diagnosis members are on the front lines working diligently to test and diagnose patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to provide timely and useful information regarding COVID-19, our members have developed a wide range of resources, including toolkits, live chats, webinars, community groups and more.
Creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.
SIDM catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder.
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One-third of malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability stem from an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, making it the number one cause of serious harms among medical errors.
Roughly 40,000‐80,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year can be attributed to diagnostic error. It’s about the same number of people who die annually from breast cancer or diabetes.
In the News
SIDM Leads New TeleDx Research Effort
Much has been written about the use of telemedicine, but it has been overwhelmingly focused on treatment and management of chronic disease, not on diagnosis. Learn more about SIDM’s new effort to capture and synthesize information about the early successes, the greatest challenges, and the most critical unanswered questions in the use of telediagnosis.
Four New Organizations Join National Coalition to Improve Diagnosis
Four leading healthcare organizations, AMGA (American Medical Group Association), END SEPSIS, Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have committed to take action to improve diagnostic quality and safety by joining the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis.
SIDM Launches Two New Quality and Safety Resources
SIDM has released a new online toolkit to support diagnostic quality and safety researchers in developing patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) and an interactive Diagnostic Process Map to support education about the diagnostic process as conceptualized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) in a consensus report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.
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