Clearing the Error recruits the public to
diagnosis and treat problems in American healthcare
Research indicates that as many
as one in every 10 diagnoses in all healthcare settings are delayed, missed, or
wrong, and between 40,000 and 80,000 Americans die each year as a result.
This problem has prompted Tina
Nabatchi, associate professor of public administration and international affairs
at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and a team of researchers to seek new
ways for patients and healthcare professionals to work together to reduce
errors in diagnoses.
Nabatchi explains, “Our Clearing the Error Onondaga initiative
encourages community members and healthcare professionals to identify problems
and develop shared interventions to strengthen the quality of diagnoses and
ultimately improve health outcomes. It’s critical to engage and educate diverse
members of the public to help address these complex problems in our healthcare
As part of the Clearing the Error Onondaga program,
researchers will recruit a representative group of Onondaga County residents to
study diagnostic errors, discuss the problems with peers and healthcare
professionals over the course of two weekends, and recommend steps patients,
healthcare providers, and healthcare systems can take to reduce the frequency
and severity of errors. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine will
translate those recommendations into toolkits, white papers, and policy
statements distributed nationwide. The Society will also work to implement
recommendations within health systems across the country.
Nearly 15,000 invitations have
been sent to randomly selected households in the county, but any Onondaga
County resident over 18 is eligible to apply at jefferson-center.org/health/. Participants will be paid commensurate with their
participation, up to $900.
This project is part of a
two-year research study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Jefferson Center and
the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine are partners in the study.
Please contact Professor Tina
or Andrew Rockway, Program Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org / 651-209-7672) for more information. 07/06/15