Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam, Erasmus MC have proposed a pragmatic framework of strategies to reduce errors of diagnosis in hospitalized patients. While work in the outpatient setting estimates that 1 in 20 U.S. adults are misdiagnosed annually, researchers don't really know how common these errors are in U.S. hospitals. Some data is available from autopsies, but they are often not performed. In order to devise practical strategies to reduce errors in hospital medicine, the study used insights from error analysis to identify improvement opportunities within each of the five dimensions of diagnosis.
Most people comparison shop when it comes to car insurance, homeowners insurance or even where the best weekly deals are to buy groceries. But how many comparison shop as carefully when it comes to choosing a doctor or a hospital?
In our last blog post, we wrote about how a recent report revealed that autopsies in hospitals have virtually disappeared. And it is believed that many autopsies are not being performed because the healthcare facilities and their physicians are concerned that open up the hospital to medical malpractice.
ProPublica recently published a widely-read report about the declining use of autopsies in hospitals. Many medical experts say action to correct this problem is long overdue.
A newly released study indicates that as many as 90 percent of hospital errors may go unreported using the current method of tracking medical mistakes. This systemic under-reporting of hospital errors may have a number of detrimental effects on the quality of health care. Not only does it make it more difficult to evaluate the efficacy practices and procedures on a broad level, but it may also make it difficult or impossible to identify the cause of an individual patient's medical trouble.