Special Considerations for Measurement of Diagnostic Safety
Defining Diagnostic Errors and Diagnostic Performance
Understanding the Multifactorial Context of Diagnostic Safety
Choosing Data Sources for Measurement
Learning From Known Incidents and Reports
Learning From Existing Large Datasets
Synthesizing Data and Enhancing Confidence in Measurement
Getting Ready for Measurement: Overcoming Barriers and Taking Next Steps
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Contract Number HHSP233201500022I/75P00119F37006
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt), Michael E.
DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Andrea Bradford, Ph.D.
MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, AHRQ Patient Safety Learning Lab
Grantee, and AHRQ National Advisory Council
Christine Goeschel, Sc.D., RN
This project was funded under contract number HHSP233201500022I/75P00119F37006 from the
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Suggested citation: Singh H, Bradford A, Goeschel C. Operational Measurement of Diagnostic Safety: State of the Science. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2020. AHRQ Publication No. 20-0040-1-EF.