The CARE approach to reducing diagnostic errors.

Title

The CARE approach to reducing diagnostic errors.

Creator

Rush Jess L; Helms Stephen E; Mostow Eliot N

Publisher

International journal of dermatology

Date

2017
2017-06

Description

BACKGROUND: Diagnostic errors appear to be the most common, costly, and dangerous of all medical mistakes. There has been a notable increase on the focus of error prevention as part of a growing patient safety movement. However, diagnostic errors have received less attention than other types of error. Our goal is to present a short mnemonic that can act as a checklist or posted reminder to help practitioners in dermatology or any field of medicine to avoid diagnostic errors. METHODS: To meet this goal, the authors reviewed the literature and discussed errors and potential errors they have experienced over 55 years of combined practice, to create a short mnemonic. RESULTS: The CARE method has helped the authors prepare and review their differential diagnoses in the relatively fast-paced practice of dermatology, but it has yet to be tested on a large scale. CONCLUSION: The CARE (communicate, assess for biased reasoning, reconsider differential diagnoses, enact a plan) method is an efficient, recallable checklist that uses an educational approach to reduce diagnostic error while reminding us to simply "care" from a humanistic perspective. This method may help reduce preventable diagnostic errors and improve patient care.

Subject

*Checklist; 80 and over; Aged; Allergic Contact/*diagnosis/therapy; Bias; Communication; Dermatitis; Dermatology/*methods; Diagnosis; Diagnostic Errors/*prevention & control; Differential; Female; Humans; Patient Care Planning

Identifier

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

669–673

Issue

6

Volume

56

Citation

Rush Jess L; Helms Stephen E; Mostow Eliot N, “The CARE approach to reducing diagnostic errors.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 17, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4446.

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