Policy Roadmap for Research to Improve Diagnosis

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) Board of Directors recently adopted a white paper, Policy Roadmap for Research to Improve Diagnosis, that showcases the vital need for increased research funding devoted to improving diagnosis. The Roadmap highlights specific actions that policymakers and others can take now.

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Executive Summary

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.

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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.

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Return on Investment

The projected net benefits of facilitating research to improve diagnosis are enormous. Learn about the short, intermediate, and long term impact.

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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.

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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.

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Policy Action

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.

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