Measure Dx: Implementing pathways to discover and learn from diagnostic errors

Int J Qual Health Care. 2022 Sep 10;34(3):mzac068. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzac068.


Despite the high frequency of diagnostic errors, multiple barriers, including measurement, make it difficult learn from these events. This article discusses Measure Dx, a new resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that translates knowledge from diagnostic safety measurement research into actionable recommendations. Measure Dx guides healthcare organizations to detect, analyze, and learn from diagnostic safety events as part of a continuous learning and feedback cycle. Wider adoption of Measure Dx, along with the implementation of solutions that result, can advance new frontiers in reducing preventable diagnostic harm to patients.

Keywords: delayed diagnosis; diagnostic errors; measurement; patient safety.

MeSH terms

  • Delayed Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic Errors* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety*