RTI International researcher founds new journal 'Diagnosis'

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International researcher Mark Graber, M.D., is serving as co-editor-in-chief of a new, open access, peer reviewed medical journal, "Diagnosis," which he helped found. 

Although several existing publications address other aspects of patient safety, "Diagnosis" is the first journal that focuses on how medical diagnosis can be advanced and taught, and factors that influence diagnostic errors.   

"Diagnosis provides a platform for authors and readers interested in improving diagnostic quality to exchange important recent research and ideas," said Graber, senior fellow in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program at RTI and founder of the journal. 

"Diagnosis" pulls together the academic and clinical aspects of quality and safety in healthcare for an audience that is interested in how diagnosis determines the quality of medical care. The journal is designed for physicians, educators, academics, healthcare managers and leaders, patients, policy makers, and those in the diagnostic industry.  

"Diagnosis" addresses topics including:

  • Factors that promote diagnostic quality and safety
  • Diagnostic errors in medicine, including what is known and unknown
  • Factors that contribute to diagnostic error, including human causes, cognitive issues, and system-related failures 
  • Initiatives to reduce diagnostic error locally, nationally and internationally
  • Training and education related to diagnostic skills and clinical reasoning

Graber has more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine and health care research with a focus on quality of care and patient safety. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of patient safety and diagnostic error in medicine. 

He was recently named to an Institute of Medicine committee on diagnostic error to examine issues including definitions, epidemiology, the burden of harm and costs, and develop recommendations to reduce diagnostic error. Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States, affecting more than 12 million Americans each year. 

Graber co-founded Patient Safety Awareness Week, a campaign recognized at all U.S. hospitals and internationally. In 2008, Graber founded and chaired the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference series, and founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine in 2011. 

He is also Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He holds an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and a B.S. in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College.