Tools to Improve Diagnostic Safety

Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process A Step-by-Step Guide for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement : The tools in this step-by-step guide can increase the reliability of the testing process in your office by helping you examine how tests are managed.

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 June 2018
Page originally created March 2016
Internet Citation: Tools to Improve Diagnostic Safety. Content last reviewed June 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/diagnostic-safety/tools.html