Misdiagnosis, a major issue for doctors and patients
Making a Diagnosis is a collective effort that often involves a team of health care professionals — from primary care physicians, to nurses, to pathologists and radiologists. The stereotype of a single physician contemplating a patient case and discerning a diagnosis is not always accurate, and a diagnostic error is not always due to human error. The medical culture, discourages transparency and disclosure of errors, making it more difficult to correct them. Researchers found the healthcare system is not designed for the collaboration needed in the diagnostic process and that diagnoses will continue to worsen if new ideas are not put forward. Therefore, to make the changes necessary to reduce diagnostic errors in our health care system, we have to look more broadly at improving the entire process of how a diagnosis made. Put forward your new idea.