Diagnostic Errors: Contributing Factors and Risk Strategies


Diagnostic challenges and the threat of diagnostic error are recognized as significant causes of morbidity and mortality in health care delivery as well as leading causes of medical malpractice litigation.  Although many diagnoses are easy to miss, difficult to make, or rely on judgment calls (and incomplete knowledge), research on diagnostic challenges over the last ten years has revealed contributing factors giving rise to the opportunity to implement actionable strategies to address the issue. Many physicians are surprised to learn that the diagnostic error rates reported in medical literature range from 3-30%. The fact that diagnostic error is often unappreciated and unrecognized is extremely troubling given its high correlation with poor patient outcomes and its dubious status as the chief cause of medical liability claims. Understanding how diagnostic errors occur and addressing root causes are key strategies to improving patinet safety and reducing liability exposure.

Target Audience

The educational design addresses the needs and issues of healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, healthcare administrators, and office practice managers.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and PLICO. The OSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The OSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To officially receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and a CME certificate of participation, the attendee must complete the online evaluations for each presentation attended.

Faculty and Disclosures
The Faculty, CME Planning Committee, Reviewer and Moderator have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. The OSMA CME Manager has mitigated all information with ineligible companies and has resolved all conflicts of interest, if applicable.

"The Oklahoma State Medical Association has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AC­CME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.The ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Oklahoma State Medical Association provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvements.ACCMEThe ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc."