Misdiagnosis

Psychiatric Diagnosis May Increase Your Risk of Suffering a Medical Error

Thousands of patients suffer serious medical harm every year as a result of an error in their diagnosis, treatment, and care. However, a person who has been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, may be at a much higher risk of suffering a medical error. According to the results of a recent study conducted in Sweden, […]

Lying to Your Doctor? Here’s Why That Could be a Patient Safety Risk

Lying could set more than your pants on fire – if it involves your doctor, it could result in serious medical complications. Being an informed patent is key to being a safe patient. Part of being an informed patient is to make sure that your doctor has access to all your medical records as well […]

Hospital Mergers on the Rise, But Patient Care Isn’t Improving

The number of hospital consolidations has increased, but this trend of hospitals merging with others hasn’t necessary translated into better standards of patient care or safety. According to a new study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospital mergers which are often promoted as a way for hospitals to cut costs and […]

The Role of Physician Mental Health in Medical Errors

The state of a physician’s mental health could very strongly influence his risk of committing medical errors. According to the results of a new study conducted by a group of psychiatrists, symptoms of depression in doctors are often not identified or treated, and this places patients at risk of injury or harm as a result […]

Radiology Errors and Unnecessary Surgeries

Far too many radiology errors are resulting in wrong diagnoses and unnecessary surgeries. Forbes magazine recently reported on the high cost of such unnecessary surgeries, not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of the human suffering involved in these unwarranted surgeries. According to the report, the error rates from x-rays and other minor […]

Medical Errors Can Be Reduced with Improved Patient-Provider Communication

The risk of dangerous and possible life-threatening medical errors can be reduced through greater and more stable forms of communication between patient families and health care providers. Those results come from the findings of a new study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the study, researchers developed an intervention system that was specifically designed to […]

New Documentary Spotlights Medical Errors

A new documentary shines the light on a much – neglected problem surrounding patient safety – the nexus between doctors /hospitals and insurance companies that makes it harder for injured patients   to recover justice after they have been injured due to medical negligence. The documentary titled Bleed Out premiered on HBO recently, and featured accounts […]

Radiologist-Developed Medical Course Focuses Especially on Misdiagnosis

A new medical course developed by a radiologist aims at training medical students to prevent the kind of medical errors caused by radiology missteps. The radiologist, Dr. Timothy Mosher of Penn State University says he developed the course after reading a report titled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care which was released in 2015 by the National Academies […]

Survey: Majority of Nurses Overworked, Prone to Errors

An overwhelming majority of nurses report having to care for too many patients, and not having enough time to perform their duties efficiently and safely. The annual survey of nurses in Massachusetts found that the biggest and most significant challenge for registered nurses in providing quality patient care was caring for too many patients during a […]

Daily Cross Checks Can Reduce ER Medical Errors

When emergency room doctors have a system that allows them to cross-check their performances, it can lead to a reduction in medical errors, although not all types of errors. Those results came from a randomized trial that was conducted in France and involved a total of six emergency departments. Physicians in each of these departments […]