Welcome to the Diagnostic Checklist website. This website was inspired by a publication in Academic Medicine titled Checklists to reduce diagnostic errors by Dr J. Ely, Dr. M. Graber and Dr. P. Croskerry. Diagnostic errors are common and can often be traced to physicians' cognitive biases and failed heuristics (mental shortcuts). Recently, checklists have gained acceptance in medical settings, such as operating rooms and intensive care units.
The goal of this checklist application is to prompt physicians to consider a broad differential diagnosis for diagnostically challenging patients in primary care and to help resist the most common cause of missing a diagnosis: the physician's failure to consider it.
January 24, 2017: The Diagnostic Checklist has been updated with new lists of Presenting Complaints and Possible Diagnoses compiled by Dr. Ely. Funding for this update is gratefully acknowledged from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.