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This lecture will summarize key findings from the 2015 report from the Institutes of Medicine Committee of Diagnostic Error. It will explore instances of diagnostic errors in medicine, their importance, and how errors in test requesting and result interpretation can be prevented. Specific cases of error will be presented, with an emphasis on creating a collaborative approach to diagnosis in order to prevent medical error. A Question and Answer session with the speaker will follow.
After participating in this webinar, you should be able to:
- Define medical error vs. diagnostic error, and explain why medical errors have been overlooked.
- Discuss error rates in various conditions.
- Identify elements that can stand in the way of a safer diagnostic approach.
- Explain how to use teamwork among healthcare professionals, patients and their families to reduce diagnostic error.
Lab managers, technologists, physicians, laboratory directors, and other professionals on the healthcare team who wish to reduce diagnostic errors in patient care by working collaboratively.
Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX