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Diagnostic Safety Toolkit

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Transitions of care are ubiquitous in modern health care. These transitions are too often associated with harm from incomplete or ineffective communication of clinical information, leading to poorer health outcomes for patients and frustration and burnout for health care providers. One of the most high-risk transitions of care is from acute care settings to post-acute care settings, especially when the diagnostic evaluation may not be complete at the time of a patient’s discharge from the acute hospital setting. The volume and complexity of information to be communicated at hospital discharge is significant, leaving multiple opportunities for confusion, omission, waste, and harm, which leads to an unacceptably high burden of diagnostic errors.

About the Diagnostic Safety Toolkit

In response to this issue, the AAMC with the guidance of the Chief Medical Officers’ Group and Integrating Quality Initiative, developed the Diagnostic Safety Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to facilitate discussion among clinicians and leaders at teaching hospitals about practical approaches to ensuring that diagnostic testing results are communicated reliably across transitions of care.

The tools listed below catalyze teaching hospitals’ journey toward better diagnostic safety and quality by stimulating conversation, evaluating processes, and encouraging standardized work across multidisciplinary and interprofessional teams.

The Facilitator Guide which contains all elements of the toolkit, as well as the additional tools, are in Word format and are intended to serve as a workbook to support you in completing this work.

Toolkit Documents

Upcoming Webinar

Join us for an overview of the Diagnostic Safety Toolkit and learn how you can use the toolkit at your institution.

Date: July 21, 2022, 3-4 p.m. ET

Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Olson is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Olson's academic work focuses on the nature and development of clinical reasoning as well as methods to measure and decrease diagnostic error. He is the Co-Chair of the SIDM Education Committee.

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Funding Opportunity

We are pleased to announce there will be a funded opportunity to become a “Champion” for this initiative. Details on this financially awarded program for utilizing the toolkit at your institution will be shared in the July 21 webinar. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Faerberg.

Additional Resources

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