Table 1

Frequency of index visits related to each diagnostic error sensitive condition

Thirteen diagnostic error sensitive conditionsIndex visits with a diagnosis code related to a diagnostic error sensitive condition (percentages can add to greater than 100% because of antecedent index visit diagnoses related to more than one diagnostic error sensitive condition)Hospitalisation*†Emergency department (ED) visit*Death‡
Number (per cent of index visits)Number (per cent of hospitalisations with a diagnostic error sensitive condition)Number (per cent of ED visits with a diagnostic error sensitive condition)Number (per cent of deaths)
48 632 (100.0)541 (100)663 (100)316 (100)
Acute coronary syndrome16 228 (33.4)48 (8.9)56 (8.4)103 (32.6)
Fracture13 409 (27.6)60 (11.1)100 (15.1)60 (19.0)
Depression12 637 (26.0)Not reported§Not reported§121 (38.3)
Anaemia12 410 (25.5)54 (10.0)59 (8.9)110 (34.8)
Pneumonia12 183 (25.1)91 (16.8)107 (16.1)107 (33.9)
Congestive heart failure12 137 (25.0)227 (42.0)254 (38.3)120 (38.0)
Aortic aneurysm11 491 (23.6)17 (3.1)23 (3.5)79 (25.0)
Stroke10 026 (20.6)69 (12.8)82 (12.4)71 (22.5)
Pulmonary embolism8534 (17.5)12 (2.2)13 (2.0)89 (28.2)
Spinal cord compression6386 (13.1)Not reported§Not reported§36 (11.4)
Bacteraemia/sepsis5567 (11.4)19 (3.5)21 (3.2)46 (14.6)
Appendicitis2584 (5.3)Not reported§Not reported§17 (5.4)
Abscess1005 (2.1)Not reported§13 (2.0)Not reported
  • *Condition specific outcomes for one of the 13 diagnostic error sensitive conditions within 90 days of an outpatient index visit at risk for that condition.

  • †Hospitalisations include non-elective hospitalisations either initiated through the ED or a trauma centre.

  • ‡All cause mortality within 90 days of the index visit.

  • §Not reported because observations were less than 11.