The Study of Errors
Diagnosis is never going to be perfect, said Mark Graber, MD, senior fellow in healthcare quality and outcomes at the research institute RTI International. “There are 10,000 different diseases, and atypical presentations are not unusual. The available evidence suggests that physicians get it right about 90% of the time.”
Maybe that’s good. But, Dr. Graber’s question is, “Can we do better?”
Answering that question has become Dr. Graber’s primary mission. In 2011, he founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and in 2014 he launched the journal Diagnosis.