Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Diagnostic Medical Errors and Their Impact on Patient Safety
by Robinson, Mary Jane, D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2018, 112; 10787186
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose for this qualitative research was to provide comparative data to determine if there was areas in need of improvement when it pertained to medical errors. Researchers have validated that initiating measures for continuous improvement would minimize error rates and benefit the clinicians and their patients. Patient safety was important and cause major concerns, therefore this research explored categories that influenced decision-making processes or conditions that causes deficit in reasoning, which could have an impact on cognitive abilities. Therefore, medical errors are a research worthy problem; since they cause phenomenon, conflict within managerial processes, and was a contributing factor for malpractice payouts, per a report from 2015 Institute of Medicine. As a result, researchers validated that initiating measures for continuous improvement would benefit the clinicians and their patients by minimizing errors or keeping them at a minimum. Utilizing the qualitative approach provided the best framework to narrow down cause and effects to validate the importance of support that relates to memory and relational network through retrieval-mediated learning. This research provides evidence that medical errors occurred during decision-making processes with (90%) cognitive errors, anchoring (75.7%), and (78.6%) premature closure. As a result, this qualitative research concentrated on constructs, such as, data collection from observation of prior research from scholarly, empirical, peered reviewed articles; Medical Journals, and education materials to provide pertinent information on diagnostic medical errors for the material within this investigation. The results from this study indicated, although, there was suggestions to improve patient-safety no significant decrease in medical harm occurred, therefore additional investigations will provide a valuable contribution to the body of knowledge and conditions for continuous improvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomas, McLaughlin, Sines, Chad
Commitee: Sapp, J. R., Walters, Kelly
School: Northcentral University
Department: Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public health, Health care management
Keywords: Business, Business strategies, Errors, Medical, Organizational management, Patient safety
Publication Number: 10787186
ISBN: 978-0-355-85827-3
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