A medical misdiagnosis isn't that unheard of these days. Giving the wrong prescription, an unnecessary invasive procedure or the wrong diagnosis does more than burn a hole in your wallet. Medical misdiagnoses can cause patients unnecessary pain, discomfort and in the worst case, death.
According to recent findings, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of patient cases are misdiagnosed. The study showed that a whopping 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life-threatening, led to disability or resulted in death. According to The Journal of Clinical Oncology, 44 percent of patient's cancers are misdiagnosed.
How can this be happening in developed countries such as ours?
Emergency Physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University, Dr. Leana Wen, MD, shares why misdiagnoses happen, as well as what you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.