Reports & Whitepapers
Download reports, whitepapers, and studies developed or funded by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) on the impact of diagnostic error and tactics for improvement.
Recognizing Excellence in Diagnosis: Recommended Practices for Hospitals
The report is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of a larger four-year project, titled Recognizing Excellence in Diagnosis. It is led by The Leapfrog Group in partnership with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine; Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, a patient safety researcher at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety based at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine; Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP, Founder and President Emeritus of SIDM and Matthew Austin, PhD, Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
SIDM surveyed readily available literature and interviewed stakeholders representing different health care sectors. The effort can help direct future research to better understand and improve the quality and safety of telediagnosis.
You can also view summary documents from individual listening sessions.
- Conversations with Hospitals, Health Systems & Clinical Practices (PDF)
- Conversations with Clinicians (PDF)
- Conversations about Functionality (PDF)
- Conversations with Patients (PDF)
SIDM has released two guides for hospitals and health systems in reducing harm from diagnostic errors. Each guide leverages the lived-experience, insights and expertise of Patient Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) to help drive change to improve diagnostic quality and safety.
The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine change package is the result of a collaboration between the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) team and SIDM, with contributions from patients and their families. This resource can help reduce patient safety incidents caused by actions during the diagnostic process.
SIDM's Roadmap for Research to Improve Diagnosis – Converting National Academy of Medicine Recommendations into Policy Action showcases the vital need for increased research funding devoted to improving diagnosis. The roadmap highlights specific actions that policymakers and others can take now.
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.
Research appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Diagnosis shows that inaccurate and delayed diagnoses remain the most common, catastrophic, and costly of serious medical errors.
Read Annual Reports from SIDM to lern more about the work SIDM is doing to improve diagnostic accuracy and timeliness and reduce patient harm caused by diagnostic error.