"It is likely that most of us will experience at least one diagnostic error in our lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.”
Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, Institute of Medicine 2016.
Two out of three patients are discharged from the hospital without even knowing their diagnosis.
More than 80 percent of all diagnoses are based on a thorough and accurate history taking. But,on average, physicians wait just 18 seconds before interrupting patients’ narratives of their symptoms.
"Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2016" found most physicians spend between 13 minutes and 16 minutes with each patient.
Communication failure is at the root of over 70 percent of serious adverse health outcomes in hospitals.
MDs not immune to emotional pull of “difficult” patients, who are 42 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed.
Minorities and poor patients face implicit biases.
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