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The Elusive and Illusive Quest for Diagnostic Safety Metrics

  • May 7, 2018

Breaking down the ways in which diagnoses are evaluated for their quality and safety, authors Gordon D. Schiff, MD and Elise L. Ruan MD, MPH examine the metrics used to measure diagnostic processes with support for research in diagnostic error and improvement from CRICO.

Diagnostic errors have become one of the leading types of errors cited in medical malpractice claims, and the authors dig into the ways in which the diagnostic process is measured by a number of groups in order to critique current measurements of quality and safety.

By looking into quality and safety metrics of other industries, such as manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, the authors help to frame ways in which methods of measurement from those fields may be beneficial to the diagnostic process in the healthcare field as well.


Citation for the Full-text Article

Schiff GB, Ruan EL. The elusive and illusive quest for diagnostic safety metrics. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018; 33(7):983–5. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4454-2.