The Ticklish Problem of Diagnostic Errors
The quality improvement (QI) community is becoming more active in working toward reducing diagnostic errors, but misdiagnoses remains an uncertain field, and some say they might well be nearly impervious to significant improvement.
Every physician knows that diagnostic errors are a problem—for the patient, who may needlessly suffer a bad outcome, and for a physician, who is concerned about his or her patient and may also end up with a malpractice lawsuit. But physicians also understand that getting the right diagnosis may take a while, and even with their best efforts, a diagnosis may not be right.
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