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Trends in misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis is defined as diagnosing a patient with the wrong disease or condition or diagnosing a patient with the correct disease or condition after it has already become a threat to the patient's overall health. Despite the efforts to hinder these types of mistakes, misdiagnosis is still a tremendous issue in the medical community in Ohio and the rest of the United States. The cases of medical malpractice filed over the years continue to deal with the same major areas of medicine. Infections, cardiovascular disease and cancer are often misdiagnosed.

Professionals in the medical community are making efforts to reduce the frequency of cases of misdiagnosis. Autopsy findings have been a helpful resource for researching misdiagnosis data. One study revealed that, while the frequency of misdiagnosis was halved over a 20-year period, the types of improper diagnosis continued to fall into the same categories. Another study found that the overall rate of discrepancy in causes of death was about 17.2 percent.

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, also called SIDM, was founded to bring more attention to the issue of medical misdiagnosis. The president and founder of SIDM said that efforts to curtail misdiagnosis should begin early in a physician's career. The society would like to incorporate programs into medical education that can help a doctor to be a better diagnostician. Doctors will make less mistakes if they are taught how to spot and reduce them.

Experiencing the consequences of hospital negligence continues to be a common occurrence in the lives of many people. Someone who has been injured due to a misdiagnosis may wish to work with a lawyer who could help them to pursue compensation.

Source: MedPage Today, "Misdiagnosis: Can It Be Remedied?", Joyce Frieden, August 15, 2014

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