Top 5 Causes of Misdiagnoses and Diagnostic Errors (Pt. 3)
May 14, 2014
Wrapping up Top 5 Causes of Misdiagnoses and Diagnostic Errors, here is the conclusion to our three-part blog.
In addition to the fragmentation of healthcare and doctor inexperience, some other common causes of misdiagnoses are as follows.
Misdiagnosis Cause 4: Lack of Diagnostic Testing
In many cases, more than one diagnostic test is needed to get an accurate picture of what is going on in patients’ systems. While doctors may not perform sufficient tests due to insurance constraints (i.e., patients’ insurers don’t cover the cost of testing and patients don’t want to pay for this testing out of pocket), in other cases, a lack of diagnostic testing can be the result of:
- Doctors’ inexperience (i.e., physicians don’t have the experience to know when to call for certain testing); or
- Doctors’ overconfidence (i.e., doctors are so sure that they are right – even when they may not be – that they don’t end up calling for additional testing to confirm or possibly rule out their diagnoses).
Misdiagnosis Cause 5: Lack of Follow Up
In many cases, patients don’t end up seeing the same doctor for every stage of their care. This can because they end up switching doctors (maybe because they switch insurers or they don’t like their first doctor) or because they are referred to other specialists. In other cases, doctors may simply put the onus of follow up on patients, meaning that they tell patients to call them if anything changes.
The bottom line here is that it is usually unlikely that doctors themselves are taking the extra step to follow up with patients, check in about changes in their conditions and consider the possibility that there may have been a diagnostic error made during a previous visit.
This ultimately means that patients bear the negative effects of the lack of follow up, as diagnostic errors can cause serious conditions to become even more grave (and potentially even resistant to treatment and/or life threatening).
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