A doctor is one of the most esteemed members of any community. After all, he or she is the person who “fixes” whatever hurts or aches, a job that naturally draws admiration. However, many people forget that doctors are human as well, which means their judgement is not always infallible. Indeed, a wrong diagnosis is literally a matter of life and death.
Misdiagnosis is Surprisingly Common
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is surprisingly common. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, about 1 in 20 patients seeking outpatient care will be given a wrong, delayed, or overlooked diagnosis. In fact, just about all Americans will experience a misdiagnosis at least once in their life. Moreover, these medical slip-ups account for about 10% of patient deaths, the report adds.