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     A recent report regarding medical malpractice in the U.S. estimated that diagnostic errors by physicians and hospitals resulted in “serious permanent damage” or “immediate or inevitable  death” in up to 4 million Americans annually. (Newman-Toker, 2019, p. 227).  These errors include:

  • Failure of physicians to properly diagnose medical conditions
  • Miscommunication between medical personnel and between physicians and patients; and
  • Failure of physicians, nurses and hospital technicians to accurately communicate test results.

    The three most common conditions that physicians and hospitals misdiagnose are:

  • Vascular events [i.e., strokes, brain bleeding, internal bleeding and hemorrhage];
  • Infections; and
  • Cancers

    These conditions are known as the “Big Three” and are responsible for nearly 75% of serious misdiagnosis-related harms in the United States. (Newman-Toker, 2019, p. 238). 

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