January is a month to work on reversing bad habits, and that tradition is no different for hospitals. In the new year, many health care providers are resolving to work on reducing diagnostic errors to improve overall quality of care.
After the National Academy of Medicine released a report on the topic, more health care professionals took note of the issue and how it stunts overarching goals for improvement in the industry.
To prevent mistakes in diagnosis, the Institute of Medicine recommends educators address areas such as clinical reasoning, communication, appropriate diagnostic test ordering and result interpretation that often contribute to errors.
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