Patient Resources

We are all patients at some point in our lives and Isabel Healthcare’s mission is to work with health professionals and patients to provide resources which will assist with preventing misdiagnosis, delays in diagnosis and therefore harm to the patient. We work with many patient safety, quality of care organizations and researchers who all share this similar ethos and their resources are highlighted here.


The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)

IHI and NPSF became a newly formed entity in May 2017 and uses its combined knowledge and resources to focus and energize the patient safety agenda in order to build systems of safety across the continuum of care.

  • Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis – This provides a useful checklist to think through your symptoms and ensure you give a detailed history of your illness when discussing with your Doctor to reach a successful diagnosis.

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)

SIDM’s mission to ‘catalyze and lead change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder’. They want all patients to ensure their diagnosis is made quickly, accurately, efficiently and safely.

  • Patient Resource Center – This contains many patient resources including toolkits to help you prepare for your Doctor’s visit, articles and information on how to avoid a diagnosis error and patient stories about misdiagnosis.

Every Patients Advocate

Trisha Torrey suffered a misdiagnosis in 2004 and has now devoted her skills to advocating for patients and helping them navigate and make sense of the American healthcare system. Every Patients Advocate contains information on empowering patients and how they can obtain access to good decent healthcare.


“How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman

Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can - with our help - avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track.