A new report conducted by the National Academy of Medicine proves that
almost every American will suffer a wrong or late diagnosis at least once
during their lifetime. In fact, the amount of misdiagnoses that occur
throughout the United States is shockingly high, but the complex medical
system conceals these statistics and occurrences from the public.
Below are a few shocking conclusions found in the recently released report.
- Over five percent of American adults who have sought outpatient care have
experienced a misdiagnosis.
- Studies show that nearly 10 percent of patient deaths are the result of
- Misdiagnoses account for six to 17 percent of adverse events throughout
Because misdiagnoses have become so common, many state that the healthcare
system needs to make changes soon since many adults and children are suffering
the detrimental effects of such errors.
What Changes Should Be Made to Decrease the Amount of Misdiagnoses
Below is a list of some changes that the National Academy of Medicine says
are necessary to keeping Americans safer and healthier.
- Develop approaches to detect, learn from, and decrease the amount of misdiagnoses
- Reform medical malpractice laws so healthcare professionals are not afraid
to own their errors
- Revert to conducting autopsies
- Culture changes at hospitals, clinics and institutions
- Better use of technology/ Employ better technology
Additionally, many suggest that there needs to be a body of people who
are responsible for recording the medical errors made, including any misdiagnoses
that have or have not caused detrimental damages to patients.
What Can I Do to Prevent a Diagnosis Error?
When it comes to your health, it is crucial to take the necessary steps
to ensure you are as safe and healthy as possible. While it may be intimidating
to ask questions when speaking with a healthcare professional, it is absolutely
necessary and can be the difference between illness and recovery. Below
is a list of things you can do to avoid a misdiagnosis.
Explain Your Symptoms Clearly
- When informing a physician about your condition, it is vital to explain
any details you can recall. While some symptoms may seem minor, they can
be essential for a doctor to make a correct diagnosis. Likewise, it is
important to reveal any information about any past symptoms or conditions
you may have suffered.
Describe All Previous and Current Treatments
- It is important that you explain any treatments you have undergone and
the reasons for those treatments. Explain to the doctor whether those
treatments helped, worsened your condition, or had no effect. These facts
may be significant to an accurate diagnosis.
Keep Personal Records of All Healthcare Office Visitations
- Keep a personal record of any medical office visits, medication prescriptions,
and test results. Although you may not think these factors are significant
to a current diagnosis process, a doctor may be able to use these details
to form an accurate diagnosis.
Ask Many Questions
Ask any and all questions you may have when visiting the doctor. Remember,
you are the one that has to live with the condition and have every right
to know what the doctor predicts or knows about your illnesses. Below
are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
- What factors are causing these symptoms or complications?
- What are other possibilities?
- When should I receive my test results?
- What should I do once I obtain these results?
Have You Been Misdiagnosed? Shrager, Spivey & Sachs Can Help
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when a person has been misdiagnosed.
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