According to the National Academy of Medicine's quality report, diagnostic errors represent a major public health problem likely to affect every one of us at least once in our lifetime.
Tackling the Big Three
Studies consistently find that roughly 50-80% of the serious harms resulting from missed or delayed diagnoses are linked to one of three key disease categories: vascular events, infections, and cancers.
Public Health Imperative
A critical area of patient safety, healthcare quality, and cost savings that has not been adequately addressed by the healthcare sector is the issue of reducing diagnostic errors.
The Path Forward
Learn more about the foundational need to facilitate and catalyze research towards solutions, including the need to establish valid operational measures of diagnostic error.
The diagnostic research pipeline is “leaky” with major gaps, so cross-agency coordination is essential. Policymakers can help by raising awareness of diagnostic errors as a priority topic.