AHRQ Research Summit on Improving Diagnosis in Health Care

AHRQ Research Summit: Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. Sept 28 2016 8:30 - 5 pm AHRQ 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville MD 20957

Date: September 28, 2016, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Most patients will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, according to the AHRQ-sponsored report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, published by the National Academies of Medicine in September 2015. These errors occur in all settings of care, contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and are the primary reason for medical liability claims. Substantial effort is needed to identify research priorities, including how to measure and reduce diagnostic errors, and ensure this information is integrated into practice, where it will translate meaningful benefits for patients. This interactive meeting explored the state of the science of diagnosis in health care and discussed ways AHRQ and other stakeholders can contribute to a collaborative approach to improving diagnostic performance, as well as identify the research and evidence, tools and training, and data and measures that are needed to improve diagnostic performance.

Agenda and Speakers:

Presentations are available and can be accessed from the presentation titles on the Agenda page. You can also view videos of the conference on the Agenda page.

Background Materials:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Improving diagnosis in health care. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

3 Summary Documents:

  • Report brief (PDF, 242 KB)
  • Recommendations (PDF, 158.25 KB)
  • Toolkit (PDF, 238.45 KB)

3 specific chapters, aligning with the breakout sessions:


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Page originally created June 2016
Internet Citation: AHRQ Research Summit on Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. Content last reviewed April 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/ahrq-research-summit-diagnostic-safety.html