Researchers sought to identify and describe breakdowns in the diagnostic process among patients with ischemic stroke to facilitate future improvements in diagnostic accuracy.

Researchers from Montefiore Medical Center worked with CRICO Strategies researchers to leverage data from the CRICO Strategies national Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) to identify breakdowns in the diagnostic process involving ischemic stroke patients.

They analyzed medical malpractice claims from 2006 to 2016 involving ischemic stroke patients of which a total of 478 claims met inclusion criteria. Results indicate that the most frequent breakdown occurred in the initial patient-provider encounter. With this information, organizations can implement targeted interventions that focus on the initial diagnostic encounter, particularly for ischemic stroke patients with atypicial symptoms.

The study published in the peer-review journal, Diagnosis.