Diagnosing Diagnosis: a multidisciplinary perspective (360G-Wellcome-208213_Z_17_Z)


<p>Diagnosis is at the heart of the medical encounter, but many features of making, communicating and recording a diagnosis remain poorly understood and little researched. Without greater understanding, we cannot provide adequate guidance to clinicians about what information to share with patients or adequate advice to patients about what questions to ask, and policy incentives to address problems with &lsquo;overdiagnosis&rsquo; or &lsquo;misdiagnosis&rsquo; are at risk of unintended consequences.</p> <p><strong>Key goals:</strong></p> <ol> <li>To examine the process of making, communicating and recording a medical (differential) diagnosis in the acute care setting;</li> <li>To examine institutional influences on the diagnostic process;</li> <li>To examine ethical and philosophical influences on making and communicating diagnoses;</li> <li>To establish an empirically based, ethically grounded framework for making, communicating and recording a diagnosis to improve patient outcomes on both individual and societal levels.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong></p> <p>Qualitative methods including ethnography and interviews will be combined with medical records analysis and quantification of the reach and permanence of diagnostic labelling between health care settings. Integrated with this empirical work, ethical analysis will explore how the interplay between responsibility, uncertainty and trust affects the process and communication of making a medical diagnosis. This is emphatically multidisciplinary research which &nbsp;benefits from combining different perspectives and methodologies.</p>

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded 647257
Applicant Surname Fritz
Approval Committee Social Science and Bioethics Interview Committee
Award Date 2017-07-17T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2016/17
Grant Programme: Title University Award in H&SS
Internal ID 208213/Z/17/Z
Lead Applicant Dr Zoe Fritz
Planned Dates: End Date 2026-02-15T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2018-02-15T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region East of England
Sponsor(s) Prof Mary Dixon-Woods