The Doctor’s Advocate | First Quarter 2023

Education: Preventing Diagnostic Error in Primary Care

Diagnostic error in a primary care setting is a common cause of patient harm and malpractice claims due to treatment delay, testing, and misdiagnosis. Our complimentary course, Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care, offers 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and presents an opportunity to learn where errors occur most often in the diagnostic process of care framework. The course outlines best practices for the diagnostic process involving timely and accurate diagnosis, patient engagement, effective system processes, active follow-up, and communication. It also highlights prevention strategies related to the primary care setting and a case presentation. The activity features Jeffrey A. Gold, MD, Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. 

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