May 2013.

International diagnostic error pioneer Dr Mark Graber addressed the 9th HARC Forum on Monday 13 May on the subject Reducing diagnostic error in medicine: What can I do?

He told the audience that overcoming research gaps and ensuring someone took ownership of the problem were two keys to tackling this complex area.

Dr Graber’s presentation was followed by a Q & A session with a panel of local experts:

  • Dr Michael Smith, Clinical Director, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque, CEO, Bureau of Health Information
  • Professor Tim Usherwood, GP, Deputy Chairperson of Western Sydney Medicare Local and Professor for General Practice, University of Sydney
  • Professor Bill Runciman, Professor, Patient Safety & Healthcare Human Factors, University of South Australia and President, Australian Patient Safety Foundation

Dr Graber has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. He is a national leader in the field of patient safety and originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in the US in 2002.

His research in the area of diagnostic error has been supported by the US National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  In 2008 he convened and chaired the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference series, and in 2011 he founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

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