National Academy of Medicine issues recommendations to reduce diagnosis errors

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today issued recommendations for reducing diagnostic errors in health care, noting that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime.

To improve diagnosis and reduce errors, the NAM called for more effective teamwork among health care workers, patients and families; enhanced training for health professionals; emphasis on identifying and learning from diagnostic errors and near misses in clinical practice; and a payment and care delivery environment that supports the diagnostic process.