Diagnostic accuracy: sailing for remote islands?

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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

 

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The emotional component of Diagnosis

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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.

Why to Improve Diagnosis?

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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

Hickam´s dictum: neurologic symptoms in Oncology

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A 45-year-old woman was diagnosed with an stage III ovarian carcinoma.Five months later her neurological condition changed.

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