Most patients seeking medical care in Woodbury place a great deal of confidence in their doctors’ diagnostic skills. While such professionals are indeed the ones that patients would want attempting to assess what may be ailing them, it should be remembered that healthcare professionals are human, and thus subject to judgment errors just like everyone else. Indeed, data shared by BMJ Quality and Safety shows diagnostic errors to be the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S.
Yet how is one to know if he or she has been misdiagnosed? A lack of medical knowledge is likely what prompted him or her to visit a doctor in the first place. Such knowledge, however, may not be needed to know if a diagnosis is incorrect. Rather, being an active participant in one’s own care could just be enough.
According to the online medical publication healthgrades.com, there are several factors that one can consider to help determine if he or she may have been misdiagnosed. These include:
- Common symptoms: Many conditions have similar signs and symptoms. Personal research can reveal which ones.
- Lack of diagnostic tests: Research into one’s signs and symptoms can not only reveal which conditions they are associated with, but also the recommended diagnostic tests used to confirm them. If one’s provider did not perform the tests associated with the condition he or she diagnosed, one may have cause to question his or her logic.
- Conditions failing to respond to medication: If one is prescribed a medication meant to combat a diagnosed condition, yet still experiences symptoms after taking it, that could mean his or her diagnosis was incorrect.
After evaluating these factors, one may want to consider visiting a different doctor to share his or her concerns and to get a second opinion.