A Great Workshop about Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

[The following tweeted, about an upcoming workshop in Long Beach, was added 2/3/2013.]

I had the very good fortune yesterday to attend a great workshop on Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration.

The workshop was held at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (@HSHSL), at the University of Maryland Baltimore. It’s an impressive facility. But I love history. Across the street is Davidge Hall (@ummedschool), the oldest building in the country used for medical education.


Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration was taught by the highly knowledgeable communicators:

From the prospectus:

“Diagnostic error, a major factor in patient harm also increases medical costs (http://psnet.ahrq.gov/primer.aspx?primerID=12). A free, interactive workshop for medical decision makers and information professionals is being held on November 15th focusing on how multidisciplinary teams can contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error. This innovative session will highlight evidence-based processes and the collaborative roles of clinicians and their librarians/ informationists as they work together to reduce factors contributing to diagnostic error.”

The session covered:

  • “Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.
  • Case analysis and discussion of bias.
  • Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements
  • Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.
  • Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.
  • Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.
  • Multidisciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend. MLA CE credits will be provided.”

While I did not live-tweet the workshop per se, I did find and tweet some excellent, freely available on-line resources mentioned in their slides. The purpose of this post is to thank Elaine, Mark, Barb, Linda, and Lorri; to archive those tweets and related material (see below); and to encourage others to attend future instances of this course.

Here’s a bit more about Davidge Hall.


Thank you all! I learned a lot. I understand this was the second time you taught this course. It felt like you had vetted it many more times than that. I hope anyone who reads this or hears of an opportunity to attend Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration will do so. You won’t regret it.

And if you simply can’t make it, keep an eye for the #dxerror hashtag on Twitter. You’ll probably find one or more of us hanging out there!

And thank you Susan Carr, Editor of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, for the following hat tip on Twitter.

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