Diagnostic radiology is a specialty of medicine that is uniquely dedicated to the diagnostic process, and it is the only specialty that provides contributing information (and opinion) toward the diagnostic formulation of almost every hospitalized patient throughout the developed world today. As such, one can reasonably conclude that radiology contributes substantially to both successful diagnosis, and to diagnostic error as well, although the actual balance of each contribution is difficult to assess.Diagnostic error in radiology also represents a microcosm of the more general problem and illustrates in very unique ways both the cognitive origins of diagnostic error and the many system-related complexities that can contribute. There is much to be learned about the global causes of diagnostic error by studying how they play out in this one specialty. Radiology also represents a role model for how diagnostic error can be effectively addressed, as illustrated by the many and detailed efforts of the American College of Radiology (ACR) to define effective interventions to reduce error and harm, as described in some detail in a contribution from Allen et al. . The ACR was a key sponsor of the National Academy of Medicine’s major report on Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, and
Diagnosis – de Gruyter
Published: Sep 26, 2017
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