A new AHRQ-funded study echoes calls to reduce diagnostic errors by suggesting that the World Health Organization bring together experts to address the global challenge. The study, The Global Burden of Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care, recommended collaboration among primary care leaders, practicing clinicians, safety experts, policymakers and health information technology experts to prioritize needed practice changes and set research priorities that would lead to error reductions. The study follows a National Academy of Medicine report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” that concluded most people in their lifetime will experience an episode in which a diagnosis is missed, is inappropriately delayed, or is wrong.
- Singh, M.D. The Global Burden of Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care. BMJ Quality and Safety. August 2016