Five things to know about diagnostic error

Darya Yermak, Peter Cram, Janice L. Kwan

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Diagnostic error represents an important patient safety issue. Herein, we summarize five important things to know about this topic. (1) At least 1 in 20 adults are affected by diagnostic errors annually. (2) The root causes for diagnostic errors are typically multifactorial. (3) Cognitive errors are found in the majority of cases. (4) Most missed diagnoses involve common conditions. (5) Advancements in policy, education, and health information technologies hold promise for improving diagnostic safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-15
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • diagnostic errors
  • patient safety
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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