Proactive precautions can reduce misdiagnosis

| May 15, 2017 | Medical Malpractice |

As one of the thousands of health care patients in Virginia, you rely on your doctor to provide you with detailed information regarding symptoms, diseases and sicknesses, and customized treatment plans. If you are misdiagnosed, the outcome can severely affect your health. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we have experience in working with patients like you to navigate complicated misdiagnosis cases.

MedPageToday suggests some important precautionary steps that your health care provider should take to prevent misdiagnosing your condition. These include the following:

  • Encourage patient feedback: One of the best ways your doctor can assess whether or not you have received optimal health care is to evaluate your experience through feedback. Doctors should establish a way to conveniently receive personalized feedback from their patients and then take the time to look for improvements in their handling of medical diagnoses.
  • Take a step back: Sometimes, if your health care providers hasve seen similar symptoms or side-effects of an illness in the past, they may quickly jump to conclusions and incorrectly diagnose your condition. However, taking a moment to reevaluate and complete thorough research may allow them to recognize alternative diagnoses that better describe what you are experiencing.
  • Verify patient records: Your medical record can provide a lot of information that could help in make making a diagnosis, but your doctor can better protect both parties from error by taking the time to verify that information. He or she should ask you about past diagnoses, treatments and medications taken.
  • Consult checklists: While checklists may appear unnecessary to a lot of professionals, checking boxes off along the way can guarantee that your diagnosis and treatment are thorough. If your health care provider comes to an item that is not easily completed, they he or she may need to reassess and evaluate other options.

Protecting your well-being is facilitated with the assistance of a vigilant health care provider who completes thorough and timely diagnosis. More information about missed diagnoses can be found on our web page.