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Prevent diagnostic errors by taking a proactive approach

November 9, 2013 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

Misdiagnosis is a common problem in the U.S., but people can protect themselves by being more proactive with their doctor. A study last year pointed out that one of the biggest medical problems occurring today is misdiagnosis. According to CBS News, 12 million adults are misdiagnosed in the U.S. every year. Furthermore, analysis of the data used indicates that half of these cases may cause harm to the patient. Researchers said that misdiagnosis can occur when doctors don't talk to patients about their conditions and fail to listen to them when they do. The data also indicated that many times, it is doctors in offices and outpatient clinics who are making the errors. People who live in Provo, and elsewhere, trust their doctor to tell them what is causing their condition. When a doctor fails to identify the warning signs of a serious illness like cancer, the patient is the one who may pay the ultimate price. However, patients can lower their risk of misdiagnosis by taking a pro

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