a patient, but it does not reveal the extent of this.
Far too many people -- whether patients, policy makers, or doctors themselves -- still aren't aware of how often misdiagnoses
occur, and how easy it is for anyone to get the wrong opinion.
Misdiagnosing patients cost almost $39 billion in malpractice claims over the past quarter-century, according to a study in BMJ Quality & Safety Misdiagnoses
represent more than 28% of total paid malpractice claims and more than 35% of malpractice claim payouts, the study found.
The briefing document does not reveal the circumstances of the misdiagnoses
revealed to date.
In up to 10 percent of cases, nonforensic autopsies uncover major misdiagnoses
, the kind that can hasten the end.
An independent investigation recently linked the Finnish medic to 15 cancer misdiagnoses
at Cork University Hospital in July and August this year.
Nonetheless, the questions remain, why is the number of misdiagnoses
so high, and what can be done about it?
There's an epidemic of misdiagnoses
today: that's the contention of sally M.
THOUSANDS of people could be taking unnecessary blood pressure drugs all their lives because of doctors' misdiagnoses
, according to a study out today.
Detection rates varied by specialty, with misdiagnoses
for 61% of patients who saw primary care physicians, 49% who saw psychologists / counselors, and 44% who saw psychiatrists.
3) Other common misdiagnoses
include reactive airway disease and croup.
Confusion over how to interpret assay or immunoblot results accurately seems to have led to misdiagnoses