Common Reasons for Misdiagnoses and Omitted Diagnoses
Simply put, a misdiagnosis is an incorrect or partly true judgement on a disease. A misdiagnosis means concluding a wrong diagnosis of a disease rather than a correct one; and usually the diseases is treated based on the wrong diagnosis. An omitted diagnosis may occur when a patient has two or more concurrent acute diseases, usually due to uncomprehensive diagnosis or because of the symptoms of one disease covering up those of another. A misdiagnosis often leads to therapeutic errors.
What are the procedures of diagnosis-making?
What are the basic principles of reasoning for clinical diagnosis?
What are the common reasons for misdiagnoses and omitted diagnoses?
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