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The Implication of Diagnostic Errors

Govindarajan, Raghav MD, FISQua, FACSc, FCPP, FASA, MAcadMEd, FAAN

doi: 10.1212/CON.0000000000000516
Practice Issues

ABSTRACT Diagnostic errors are mistakes in the diagnostic process that lead to a misdiagnosis, a missed diagnosis, or a delayed diagnosis. While the past decade’s impetus to improve patient safety has focused on medication errors, health care–associated infections, and postsurgical complications, diagnostic errors have received comparatively less attention. Diagnostic errors will continue to play a major role in the patient safety and quality improvement movement because of their burden on care and their financial burden. Developing a patient-partnered diagnostic approach with self-reflection and awareness of cognitive biases is the key to minimizing the impact of diagnostic errors.

Address correspondence to Dr Raghav Govindarajan, University of Missouri Columbia, 5 Hospital Dr, CE507, DC047.00, Columbia, MO 65201, raghav316g@gmail.com.

Relationship Disclosure: Dr Govindarajan serves as president elect of the Boone County Medical Society, on the neurologist advisory board of Abbvie Inc, and as an associate editor of Frontiers in Neurology. Dr Govindarajan receives research/grant support from the ALS Association and publishing royalties from Springer Nature.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Dr Govindarajan reports no disclosure.

© 2017 American Academy of Neurology
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