In this large retrospective analysis of diagnostic adverse errors, researchers found diagnostic adverse errors accounted for only 6% of all adverse errors, but 83% of these were judged as preventable, and 29% were judged to contribute to death. The primary causes were found to be problems with physician knowledge or information transfer. Continued training in building on clinical knowledge base, and training in how to transfer clinical information may reduce the incidence and mortality of diagnostic adverse errors (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.