Journal Article
Commentary

Measuring quality.

Khorana MM, Khorana AA. Measuring quality. JAMA. 2019 Dec 3;322(21):2077-2078. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.18730.

The author tells the story of Matthew, a young man born with Downs syndrome, who began experiencing behavior changes and gastrointestinal symptoms as a teenager. After seven years, visits with multiple clinicians from various specialties, and several prescriptions for high-risk medications, Matthew was ultimately diagnosed with celiac disease by a primary care physician. Unfortunately, diagnostic errors – a common preventable error and threat to patient safety -  are not captured through existing quality measures.