Latest news: 15 April 2013.

Furthering knowledge around diagnostic errors, patient safety and quality of care and seizing opportunities in these areas will be the focus of an upcoming event in Sydney for researchers, clinicians, health managers and policy makers.

Dr Mark Graber

Dr Mark Graber

The 9th HARC Forum on 13 May will feature keynote speaker Dr Mark Graber, an international authority on diagnostic error in medicine.

Dr Graber will present research into the causes of diagnostic error, explore opportunities to adapt international study methodologies to Australian settings, and examine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of solutions tried elsewhere.

Long-standing interest

He has a long-standing interest in patient safety and improving the quality and value of health care, having recently retired from a 20-year tenure as Chief of Medical Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Northport, New York. He founded Patient Safety Awareness Week in the US, initiated an annual international Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference series, and founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

Dr Graber has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on biomedical and health services research topics. His review published in BMJ Quality & Safety last year identified a wide range of possible approaches to reduce cognitive errors in diagnosis.

HARC, the Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration, is a partnership between the Agency for Clinical Innovation, the Clinical Excellence Commission and the Sax Institute. Its forums link network members to share ideas on how research can be used to address issues facing the hospital system.

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