AHRQ Grantee Profile: Eric J. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.
亚博老虎机网登录ahrq’s latest grantee eric j. thomas, m.d., m.p.h., has examined where, why, and how often diagnostic errors occur—and how to reduce their frequency.
亚博老虎机网登录dr. thomas, a practicing internist and professor of medicine at the university of texas mcgovern school of medicine in houston, led a study where he identified the extent of patient harm caused by using computerized triggers or algorithms to detect diagnostic errors in primary care settings. more than one-third of the nearly 200 cases he reviewed involved a missed diagnosis, most of them for common but potentially dangerous conditions such as pneumonia, heart and kidney failure, and cancer. these missed diagnoses, he determined, were largely due to process breakdowns in the patient-clinician encounter. dr. thomas has explored other major patient safety issues such as the impact of medical liability alternatives like non-disclosure agreements.
dr. thomas is a member of the society of general internal medicine and a fellow in the american college of physicians. in 2007, he received the john m. eisenberg patient safety and quality award from the national quality forum and the joint commission.