Study: Diagnosis issues are most common medical errors

04/22/2013 | Modern Healthcare (subscription required)

More than a quarter of medical malpractice claims in the U.S. were associated with missed or wrong diagnoses, making them the most common, expensive and dangerous errors in the health care system, a study indicated. Mistakes in diagnosis were also linked to "death or disability almost twice as often as other error categories and accounted for the plurality of these outcomes," researchers reported in BMJ Quality & Safety.

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