Almost every Pittsburgh resident will visit the doctor this year. Some will visit for their annual exam and many more will need care because of an illness or injury. We all trust that our doctors will be able to tell us what is wrong and will help us get better but sometimes a doctor fails to diagnose our condition which can lead to a worsened condition.
When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient's condition correctly it can sometimes have serious consequences. Some diseases such as cancer and heart disease that are not treated promptly can lead to a delayed treatment and the spread of disease. As far as where a patient can receive a misdiagnosis the most likely place is with a family physician or internist. In a study done by CRICO Strategies, 57 percent of misdiagnosed errors were done in an ambulatory care setting. This was followed by 26 percent in a hospital inpatient setting and 16 percent in the emergency department. Among the mistakes made in ambulatory care, almost half were made by family physicians and internal medicine.