Patients and Families Can Help Prevent Diagnostic Error

Communication has been shown to be a significant key in preventing medical error, and the picture is becoming ever more clear: Patients and families have to play an active role in their care. From the front lines of healthcare delivery:

  1. Ask questions of your healthcare providers without fear
  2. Engage in the care you receive
  3. If a healthcare professional rebukes the input you provide into the care you are about to receive, take that as a sign you need to seek care elsewhere. Immediately!

It could save your life, or the life of a loved one. More to come on this, but the following video was put out by the Institute of Medicine…

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2 Comments on “Patients and Families Can Help Prevent Diagnostic Error”

  1. Barbara Shoemaker says:

    Tracy,

    Excellent short article and “advice”. The related videos are very touching and right on. I am forwarding the videos to the Physician Director of our ED. Thank you for this.


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