Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Patient Safety Awareness Week. https://www.ahrq.gov/patient-safety/news-events/psaw-2021/index.html. Accessed March 17, 2021.


Disclosures: Brady reports no relevant financial disclosures.
March 19, 2021
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Five important articles for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Patient Safety Awareness Week. https://www.ahrq.gov/patient-safety/news-events/psaw-2021/index.html. Accessed March 17, 2021.


Disclosures: Brady reports no relevant financial disclosures.
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March 14 through March 20 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, which aims to raise “awareness about the importance of making health care as safe as possible,” according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“Health care usually starts with a diagnosis, but all too often, diagnoses are not accurate or timely,” Jeff Brady, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), said in a video on the agency’s website.

In the United States, one in 20 adults have experienced a diagnostic error.
Reference: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

He cited data that suggest one in 20 United States adults have been subject to a diagnostic error. Other data on commonly misdiagnosed conditions indicate that about half of patients who experience a diagnostic error fall victim to permanent disability or death, he continued.

Jeff Brady

Brady encouraged clinicians to visit AHRQ’s website to read more about programs that can improve patient safety and to apply for grants that fund initiatives promoting safer health care.

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