9 ways to prevent diagnostic errors

Up to one in seven clinical encounters involve a 'mostly preventable' error, write the authors of an MJA perspective

Up to one in seven clinical encounters involves some form of diagnostic error, say Australian researchers, who have come up with nine strategies to cut mistakes.

An estimated 140,000 cases of diagnostic error occur each year in Australia, with 21,000 cases of serious harm and 2000–4000 deaths, the authors say.  

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