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National Conference on Reducing Diagnostic Error in Medicine is May 31-June 1

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Medical Informatics Association are co-sponsoring the first national meeting dedicated to diagnostic errors in medicine May 31-June 1, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The goals of the meeting are to summarize the current state of the field and approaches to reducing diagnostic errors, examine the role of clinical decision support systems in addressing diagnostic errors, identify and discuss ongoing research on diagnostic errors, stimulate creative thought directed at reducing harm from diagnostic errors, and establish a community of stakeholders interested in reducing diagnostic errors. In addition, experts plan to explore both system-related contributions to errors and cognitive origins.

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