Diagnostic accuracy: sailing for remote islands?


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


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.