The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Cautious Patient Foundation announced today a collaboration to help patients avoid diagnostic errors in their own care. Diagnostic error, defined as wrong, missed or delayed medical diagnosis, occurs in 10 to 15% of diagnostic encounters, is the largest contributor to medical malpractice claims, and is responsible for 40,000 - 80,000 deaths per year in the United States.
The Cautious Patient Foundation has committed to providing substantial grant support to SIDM to raise awareness of diagnostic error as a significant patient safety issue and create training and tools to empower patients to avoid these all too common errors. As part of this collaboration, SIDM will be working closely with Cautious Patient Foundation Executive Director, Bill Thatcher, to facilitate development of SIDM patient-directed programming and engagement.
"This commitment from the Cautious Patient Foundation, an organization with a deep commitment to grassroots patient engagement, is a significant signal that SIDM is moving forward not only with healthcare professionals but also with active participation by patients," said Mark Graber, Society President. "Engaging patients in the quest to improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors is critical, and as the inaugural Founding Member of our Society, the Cautious Patient Foundation is an ideal partner to help strengthen this collaboration."