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Radiology Diagnoses: The Effects of Cognitive and Systems Factors (1 hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: All radiologists, physicians of all specialties with an interest in radiology risk management issues and other interested healthcare practitioners.

Original Release Date: June 9, 2017
Review Date: 
Expiration Date: June 9, 2020

Description: As specialists who are closely involved in the process of diagnosing patients’ conditions (often serious ones), radiologists have a comparatively high malpractice liability risk, and the top allegation in claims against them is that they have made an error in diagnosis. The diagnostic process can be affected by cognitive and systems errors. Researchers have identified strategies that can help reduce both cognitive and systems errors, and adopting some of their recommendations may help reduce risk for radiologists.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the liability risk for diagnostic radiology as compared to other specialties.
  2. Identify examples of cognitive and systems errors that can interfere with correct diagnoses.
  3. Describe and adopt specific strategies to reduce the risks that cognitive or systems errors will obstruct or delay correct diagnoses.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

CME Information - Read

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit.

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

CME Disclosure Policy: LAMMICO requires authors, speakers, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CME activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the CME activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism for resolution of conflict of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

Disclosure: The authors, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Author: Jessica L. Martin, BSc - Read Bio

Medical Expert Reviewer: Susan L. Voci, MD - Read Bio

Editor:  Karen K. Davis, MA, CPHRM - Read Bio

Managing Editors: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management and Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

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Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2017

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