Eliminating Harm from
The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is working to create a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.
Call for Sessions: DEM2019
SIDM is seeking workshops, posters, and oral abstracts for the 12th Annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference.
Missing Pathology Report
After having a mass removed from his cervical spine, Patrick Sheridan was told he wouldn't need any further treatment. However, the final pathology would never make it to Patrick's neurosurgeon.
Transforming Medical Education
Taking the first steps toward developing a new curriculum to educate health professionals about how to improve diagnosis.
Diagnostic Roller Coaster
Jennifer Campisano was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at 32 years old. After nearly four years of chemotherapy, Jennifer came face-to-face with a critical diagnostic error that occurred early in her journey.
Catalyzing Policy Action
Despite the enormous toll of diagnostic error on lives and resources, funding for research to tackle this problem remains minimal, totaling just a few million dollars each year.
Diagnostic Error: A Patient Safety Imperative
Sue Sheridan, SIDM's Director of Patient Engagement, discusses her family’s experience with diagnostic error in the new documentary, To Err is Human.
Learn more as the documentary highlights the latest efforts in patient safety and explore what SIDM is doing to create a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.
Patients and family members have a significant opportunity to contribute to diagnostic accuracy and timeliness by actively participating in the diagnostic process. But often, they don't know the questions to ask, the information to offer, or the steps to take to improve diagnosis.
Every member of the clinical team has a role to play in ensuring that diagnoses are accurate, timely and communicated to the patient. SIDM offers resources for clinical team members to improve cognitive skills and work within their health systems to improve the diagnostic process.
Improving diagnosis requires continued investment in medical education, leveraging trainees, practitioners, and educators to address gaps in the system and focus on the teams that contribute to accurate and timely diagnostics. SIDM's resources for medical educators examine clinical reasoning and system factors that underlie diagnostic error, and offer tools and strategies to to bring diagnostic quality and safety into the medical education curriculum.
Whether you're an established researcher or just joining the diagnostic error research community, SIDM offers a variety of resources to help advance research efforts in the field. Explore existing literature, engage with your peers, and join the conversation as we work to foster the growth of the research community.
Despite the fact that diagnostic error likely accounts for more patient harm than all other medical errors combined, federal investment in research to improve diagnosis amounts to about $7 million per year, or just .02% of the total $35 billion federal health research budget. Learn how you can support efforts to expand funding for research.
In the News
Diagnostic Improvement is a Journey
Read the latest issue of the ACT Update Newsletter, featuring Northwell Health's teach-back method to address cognitive error.
New PA Law Requires Patient Notification for Abnormal Imaging Results
Pennsylvania's Patient Test Result Information Act requires imaging entities to notify patients directly about abnormal findings.
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Only through your support can SIDM create a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.