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Patient assessment and diagnosis

Correct clinical assessment and diagnosis of a patient’s condition are essential in ensuring they are safely treated.


The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) receives a number of reports of incidents that relate to misdiagnosis or incorrect clinical assessment.


For example, incorrect assessment before surgical procedures that put the patient at risk of harm, such as using bone cement for hip fractures. 


Other incidents reported relate to tests or scans not being requested promptly or not being sent in a timely manner.


The NRLS has published guidance and advice to help healthcare organisations carry out correct clinical assessment and diagnosis.    


Use the box below to search for resources on patient assessment and diagnosis.