IOM: 5% of patients experience diagnostic errors

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 23, 2015

An Institute of Medicine report estimates that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lives and that the severity of these errors will “worsen as the delivery of healthcare and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity.”


Diagnostic errors are a factor in 10% of patient deaths, account for as much as 17% of hospital adverse events, and are a leading driver of medical malpractice claims, according to a sweeping report released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine.

The report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, call diagnostic errors “a blind spot” in healthcare delivery that has been around for decades which persists across all care settings and harms “an unacceptable number of patients.”


Read the full article at HealthLeaders Media. Read the report released by the IOM here.