Most People Will Have a Medical Problem Misdiagnosed At Least Once in Their Lifetime
A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report concluded that the majority of Americans will have a medical condition misdiagnosed or receive a delayed diagnosis at least once in their lifetimes. Researchers determined that at least five percent of patients seeking outpatient care experience a misdiagnosis each year, and these diagnostic errors contribute to at least ten percent of patient deaths yearly. While some of these errors can be minor, others can cause catastrophic results, such as when test results showing a patient is suffering from cancer are never forwarded to the doctor and he forgets to follow-up. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims.
Six Ways Doctors Could Prevent Misdiagnosis of Medical Problems
The IOM report concluded that urgent changes are needed to prevent these potentially deadly mistakes. The researchers’ recommendations include the following:
- Having more medical school and continuing education training in making proper diagnoses.
- Increasing the monitoring of how hospital staff diagnose medical conditions.
- Ensuring that patients have electronic access to their medical records and diagnostic tests so they can check them for accuracy.
- Increasing the reporting of diagnostic errors by doctors and medical staff to learn how to avoid these mistakes.
- Encouraging patients to be more involved in their own care and raising any concerns they have about their diagnoses.
- Increasing collaboration among doctors, pathologists, radiologists, and other medical professionals to improve the diagnostic process
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