Tools to Improve Diagnostic Safety

Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: Produced by an AHRQ-funded research team, this toolkit helps ensure that diagnostic lab tests are accurately managed and shared with patients and clinicians in a timely manner.

Resources to Facilitate Communication Between Patients and Clinicians: From the IOM report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” this toolkit includes a checklist and other resources to help patients understand what they can to do prevent diagnostic error.

Questions Are the Answer: Asking questions about a diagnosis or other aspects of care is a step that patients can take to make care safer. These AHRQ resources demonstrate how asking questions can improve care with tips on how to communicate with clinicians.

TeamSTEPPS®: This training curriculum helps clinical teams improve communication and coordination, making patient care safer.

Guide to Patient and Family Engagement:  This guide encourages hospital patients and family members to be involved in their care.

Page last reviewed March 2016
Page originally created March 2016
Internet Citation: Tools to Improve Diagnostic Safety. Content last reviewed March 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/diagnostic-safety/tools.html