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Diagnostic error and delay remain a leading cause of preventable harm and death in the United States. Using a learning laboratory structure, researchers will implement mixed-methods research approaches to identify the systemic weaknesses that contribute to diagnostic error and delay in the hospital setting. The knowledge gained from research innovative will allow researchers to design, develop, implement, and refined a suite of human-centered tools that can be deployed to reduce the risk of diagnostic error and delay in both community and academic hospital settings.
Condition or disease
Despite the recognition that diagnostic errors an delays are a major contributor to preventable deaths in the USA, little progress has been made to reduce mortality outcomes from this known killer. An effective strategy leading to meaningful reduction in diagnostic error and delay rates has not made its way into practice. This proposal is unique and novel and combines mixed-methods research approaches with systems engineering research approaches to understand the interplay of the multiple factors contributing to diagnostic error and delay. The knowledge gained from this holistic approach will then be used within the learning laboratory to inform the design, development, evaluation, and refinement of the solutions to diagnostic error and delay. "Control Tower" will be the staging ground for the in situ learning laboratory and will be built on top of a well-established clinical informatics infrastructure and hospital environment open to innovation and practice change.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 120 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All patients at risk of diagnostic error will be eligible for the study.
We will include both sexes and all genders and all minority populations as they present with the risk of diagnostic error in the hospitals.
Given the nature of the study, which focuses on patients with or at risk of diagnostic error, outreach efforts to underrepresented populations or individuals would not be possible.
For EMR review all adults admitted to the hospital ages 18 and older with research authorization
For survey-clinicians including physicians, advanced care practitioners
For focus groups and interviews-clinicians including physicians, advanced care practitioners