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|The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis|
Coalition to Improve Diagnosis
About Our Coalition
The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, formed and led by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), is a collaboration of more than 40 leading healthcare organizations focused on ensuring that diagnoses are accurate, communicated and timely. Our Coalition members represent doctors, nurses, testing professionals, patients and their families, employers, researchers, policymakers, educators and leading health organizations and government agencies involved in patient care.
Goals of the Coalition
To bring greater attention and awareness to the need of improving the diagnostic process and engaging Coalition member organizations, their constituents and the broader healthcare community, the Coalition has launched the ACT for Better DiagnosisTM initiative.
In its 2015 report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) noted diagnostic error has been a massive "blind spot" in the national effort to improve health care quality and safety. It issued an urgent call for dedicated research funding and a coordinated, multi-agency federal research agenda to immediately address diagnostic errors and harms.
The Coalition, working with the SIDM Policy Committee developed a Roadmap for Policy Action that reveals the vital need of increased research funding devoted to improving diagnosis. The Roadmap includes a three-pronged approach for policymakers to take to support and facilitate research that will lead to tangible increases in accurate and timely diagnosis:
(1.) Establish and fund Research Centers of Diagnostic Excellence,
Many members of the Coalition also signed on to a Consensus Statement in support of increased Federal funding for research.
The Coalition, with SIDM staff support, conducted an environmental scan to determine ongoing quality improvement activity. Little activity was detected. Subsequently, various Coalition members have pursued individual quality improvement efforts and SIDM, with Coalition partner IHI is piloting six quality improvement efforts across the county.
Improving diagnosis will not happen overnight. The complexity of diagnostic error and the collaborative, team-based approaches needed to improve accuracy will require disciplined and sustained work in the coming years, with a deep engagement of diverse stakeholders.
If your organization is interested in joining the Coalition, please contact Coalition@ImproveDiagnosis.org.
Who We Are
The Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is comprised of many of the most prestigious organizations in the medical and patient community. The Coalition is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Mont Fund. Current members include:
Views and knowledge shared by federal liaisons to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis (CID) are limited to activities consistent with the mission of the respective federal agencies. Federal participants serving in their official capacity must not be interpreted as agency endorsement of either SIDM or CID’s activities, business practices, or efforts to advocate or lobby for federal funds.
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