A Call to Action: Advancing Diagnosis Education in the Health Professions
Improving diagnosis-related education in the health professions has great potential to improve the quality and safety of diagnosis in practice.
PNCB recently collaborated with interdisciplinary organizations to develop A Call to Action: Next Steps to Advance Diagnosis Education in the Health Professions published in Diagnostics, the journal of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.
- Twelve key diagnostic competencies delineated through a previous initiative are shared.
- Essential next steps are discussed to incorporate these competencies broadly in education and training across the health professions.
- Medicine, nursing, and pharmacy disciplines were the professions covered in this article. Collaboration among disciplines is key.
The article states, "We firmly believe that diagnostic outcomes in practice would be improved if all health professionals were viewed as collaborators in the diagnostic process. In both Nursing and Pharmacy, and many other health professions, the clinician’s role in diagnosis is not clear, and is complicated by the extensive variability in language and state board regulations. These barriers must be addressed and overcome in order to create truly collaborative, non-hierarchical teams."
PNCB especially encourages faculty and other educators of registered nurses and advanced practice nurses to read this open-access article.