Physicians` diagnostic accuracy has been estimated around 55% for easy cases and 6% for difficult cases before a definitive diagnosis is reached (1). But with this wide margin for improvement, why are doctors so reluctant to ask for help?..
(1)Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD. JAMA Internal Medicine November 25, 2013 Volume 173, Number 21
Physicians are reluctant to admit some uncomfortable truth, but the statistic is clear..
Some skeletal problems in Medicine are detected with simple radiology but also important situations could be missed if there is no quality control in terms of the proper position of the patient or a correct visualization as we show here for a bone fracture.
Diagnosis improvement is a key aspect of patient safety. However this important field is not teaching in medical schools neither is a common practice in the clinical setting. We propose three ways to start summarized in the next slide:
Papers and personal experiences have been dealing with the fears, expectations and feelings associated to a diagnosis. In this short paper the author is able to put in words these sensations….One aspect is very important: the patient needs to know that someone is taking care of his or her problem.
When in medical practice we speak about “Diagnosis” we think about the exact moment where the problem in a patient is detected. But it,s not only this, a whole process needs to be implemented to reach a correct answer. But, why diagnosis? And why is not seen like an important step to change medical practice? Continue reading
A 45-year-old woman was diagnosed with an stage III ovarian carcinoma.Five months later her neurological condition changed.