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Your Diagnosis Was Wrong. Could Doctor Bias Have Been A Factor?

Posted on in Personal Injury
Diagnostic Errors (
Topics: health care, delayed diagnoses, decision support, Diagnostic error, individual clinicians, cognitive errors, false-negative rapid test, diagnostic process
  • While cognitive biases on the part of individual clinicians play a role in many diagnostic errors, underlying health care system problems also contribute to missed and delayed diagnoses.
  • Missed or delayed diagnoses (particularly cancer diagnoses) are a prominent reason for malpractice claims, and much of the research into systems causes of diagnostic error arises from studies of closed malpractice claims in primary care , pediatrics , emergency medicine , and surgery .
  • One of the earliest uses of information technology in medicine was decision support for clinical diagnosis, particularly for notoriously high-risk and difficult diagnoses such as acute myocardial infarction.
  • Recent systematic reviews have assessed the evidence base of interventions to prevent cognitive errors and systems problems that can lead to diagnostic error.
  • Every year, upward of 12 million Americans see a physician and come away with a wrong diagnosis. The top cause? Bad judgment, according to The Washington Post.
  • Newman-Toker found that judgment errors accounted for 86 percent of 55,377 medical malpractice claims he evaluated where misdiagnosis led to death or disability. (

If you or a loved one were improperly diagnosed and suffered injury due to that misdiagnosis, we are here to help. For more information, including an explanation of what to expect in the legal process, a checklist for parents and victims, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information, please click here, call or text Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312.553.4900.


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