Researcher Toolkit - Get Involved
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Researcher Toolkit - Get Involved

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Explore ways to build skills and get connected in diagnostic safety and quality research. Locate potential collaborators, mentors, and funders.

New to the idea of diagnostic safety research? If you're new to the topic, we suggest you start with our overview. Read a few of the introductory articles on diagnostic errors, focusing on the big picture of diagnostic errors as a public health and patient safety problem. Then pick an area you or your institution might be interested in studying (e.g., burden of diagnostic errors). Click the tab for that area to see some examples of how to approach the problem. If you're intrigued and want to learn more, read on, and, when you're ready, click the 'Get Involved' tab.

Want to be a diagnostic safety researcher, but not sure where to start? If you've already decided that this is the field for you, but you haven't yet figured out how to make it happen, start with our overview. If you haven't already, read a few of the introductory articles on conceptual models, definitions, and research methods. Identify the area you're most interested in researching (e.g., error causes), and read carefully through that section to learn a bit about what is known and where important gaps exist. In your reading, think carefully about what you need to succeed at this point in your career ― is it more technical skills and knowledge about research methods? identifying possible funding sources? finding a mentor? getting your work published? From there, move to the 'Get Involved' tab and focus on what you think your primary needs are.

Are you an experienced safety researcher looking to collaborate or branch out? Since you self-identified as an experienced researcher, we suspect you probably already know what you need to know. Most likely, you want to find out how you can quickly engage with those doing work related to your area. If you are considering a move from another area of patient safety, health services, or clinical research, start with our overview for a general introduction to the problem, as well as core issues surrounding conceptual models and definitions. Otherwise, go directly to the 'Get Involved' tab and reach out!


Build Skills

  • Training opportunities
  • Team building

Seek Funding

  • Pressing gaps in diagnostic error research
  • Best bets for funding diagnostic error research
  • Search for current grants

Make a Connection

  • Identify potential collaborators or mentors in the researcher database (Coming soon)
  • Research methods journal club
  • Volunteer for SIDM or DEM (SIDM committee, DEM research, add content, meet people)

Publish your Research 

  • Publishing diagnostic safety research
  • Journals interested in publishing diagnostic errors research
  • Research reporting guidelines

Help Fund Research 

Diagnostic safety research remains underserved relative to the public health importance of diagnostic errors to patient and population health. If you believe you can help foster or support diagnostic errors research in some way, we’d like to hear from you. Possible ways to help include making a donation to support SIDM, funding an individual or recurring research fellowship, developing a grant-funding program as an individual or organization, lobbying or grass-roots advocacy for diagnostic safety funding, or earmarked funding for a particular diagnostic topic, project, or investigator.

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