August 11, 2017
Emily was bedridden with severe cramps, but five doctors told her she was simply “unlucky” to have painful periods. Tina had crushing chest pain yet was sent home from the hospital and told she had a gastrointestinal problem. Tanieka’s doctor attributed her fatigue and heart palpitations to stress. Jennifer’s M.D. diagnosed her terrible abdominal pain as a side effect of depression. All these women have one thing in common: Their doctors were wrong.
June 20, 2017
Prevention magazine contributing editor Dr. Holly Phillips joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to discuss how one woman’s cancer diagnosis led her to seek a second opinion, ultimately resulting in a misdiagnosis. Dr. Phillips suggests how to be more communicative with doctors and how to ask the right question.
Evidence is incomplete but still shows most patients will be impacted by the problem at some point in their lives.
April 17, 2014
Each year in the U.S., approximately 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. This figure amounts to 1 out of 20 adult patients, and researchers say in half of those cases, the misdiagnosis has the potential to result in severe harm.
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We envision a world in which the patient's voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.