New AHRQ-Funded Toolkit Helps Pediatric Primary Care Providers Avoid Potential Diagnostic Errors

PUBLISHED: Nov 6, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Medical Office

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new toolkit to assist pediatric primary care providers avoid potential diagnostic errors. The Reducing Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care Pediatrics toolkit was developed as part of project that tracked diagnostic error rates and used best practices for diagnosing:

  • Depression
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Actionable laboratory results in children and adolescents

According to AHRQ, these conditions are widely misdiagnosed in pediatric primary care, with elevated blood pressure and adolescent depression misdiagnosed in nearly three-fourths of cases. The new toolkit contains tools and resources, including videos, to assist primary care practice teams with a systematic approach to reducing diagnostic errors and improving care for children. The toolkit follows a process through measurement, screening, recognition, diagnosis, and follow-up to assist pediatric practices better respond to these conditions.

Follow the link below to access this new toolkit.

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