A missed diagnosis
- Does Prevalence Matter to Physicians in Estimating Post-test Probability of Disease? A Randomized Trial. Agoritsas, Thomas; Courvoisier, Delphine S.; Combescure, Christophe; Deom, Marie; Perneger, Thomas V. // JGIM: Journal of General Internal Medicine;Apr2011, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p373
BACKGROUND: The probability of a disease following a diagnostic test depends on the sensitivity and specificity of the test, but also on the prevalence of the disease in the population of interest (or pre-test probability). How physicians use this information is not well known. OBJECTIVE: To...
- Wisdom through Failure: Exemplary Physicians Discuss Their Regrets. Meldrum, Helen // Physician Executive;Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p26
The article highlights several medical mistakes and miscommunications. It states that some doctors feel partially responsible for their patients' decision, often seeing them as a failure to effectively influence. Meanwhile, some doctors express some regret regarding their inability to mobilize...
- When doctors don't know best. // Consumer Reports on Health;Apr2002, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p1
Reports on the failure of doctors to give patients the proper treatment. How doctors may be unable to keep up with the most recent discoveries in medicine; Failure to use screening tests for diseases, such as colon cancer and depression; Lack of prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs for...
- A Business Case for Patient Safety. Oetgen, William J.; Oetgen, Phyllis M. // Physician Executive;Sep/Oct2003, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p39
Discusses the aspects of the business case of patient safety. Business activities and concern of patient safety; Role of physicians in guarding patient safety and reducing medical errors; Citations of the elements helping physician executives understand the business case for patient safety.
- "Second Victim" Casualties and How Physician Leaders Can Help. Macleod, Les // Physician Executive;Jan/Feb2014, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p8
The article discusses several ways by which health care organizations can help physician second victims. It notes that medical errors has serious consequences for 3 different kinds of victims namely patients, caregivers and health care organizations where they occur. It indicates that medical...
- SIR KARL POPPER, SWANS, AND GPs. Lewis, L. Sam; Imam, Ibrahim; Newell, Stephen J. // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;12/3/2011, Vol. 343 Issue 7834, p1150
A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Sir Karl Popper, swans, and the general practitioner," by R. Berghman, H. C. Schouten in the October 3, 2011 issue.
- A CLINICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE. Schouten, Harry C. // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;11/5/2011, Vol. 343 Issue 7830, p956
The author states that biased personal experience of general practitioners (GPs) in treating a patient with symptoms similar to another patient might damage a patient.
- Patient safety is our job. Susman, Jeff // Journal of Family Practice;Jun2006, Vol. 55 Issue 6, p474
The article reflects on patient safety in family practice. The author cites a patient who filed a malpractice claim because the attending physician failed to diagnose her cancer. While a man who contacted an on-call physician was prescribed penicillin for his pharyngitis resulting in allergy. A...
- Having a Medical Test? Ask Questions and Don't Forget to Get the Results. Napoli, Maryann // HealthFacts;Sep2008, Vol. 33 Issue 9, p6
The article presents a survey of family medicine practices which found numerous mistakes made when the primary care doctor orders a medical test in the U.S. The survey was led by J. Hickner, which aims to learn the most common testing errors and how often they harm patients. Moreover, it...