Diagnostic errors claiming 4000 lives annually

Dr Mark Graber, founder of the US-based Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, told a Sydney health care forum last night that one in every 1000 primary care consultations resulted in a diagnostic error and, based on global rates, between 2000 and 4000 Australians would die annually as a result.

Another 21,000 Australian patients would experience “serious harm” as a result of diagnostic error, Dr Graber told the Sax Institute’s Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration forum.

“What we need to know is the incidence [of error]