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Can your doctor avoid misdiagnosis by taking a time out?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

When your body is reacting negatively and you are experiencing discomforting symptoms that have you seeking medical assistance, you rely on the experience and knowledge of health care providers in Florida to give you a thorough and accurate diagnosis. Interestingly, diagnostic errors are actually quite common and can delay the process of your being able to receive timely treatment to correct your illness.

As a patient, there are steps that you can take to help ensure that the diagnosis you have been given is indeed the right one. As soon as you begin experiencing symptoms that are causing you pain, make a complete list of everything abnormal that you are dealing with. Include a list of the current medications you are taking and verify that your health history is up-to-date. This information can provide critical insight for your doctor to help him or her to make an accurate assessment of your condition.

According to the American Family Physician, even when your doctor is nearly positive that he or she has the correct diagnosis, it can be beneficial for a moment to be taken to reassess both your symptoms and the conclusion that has been reached. When your doctor takes a brief time out to consider other potential causes of your symptoms and weighs the options, a clearer picture can be gained to verify that the correct diagnosis has definitely been made. Additionally, it can provide reassurance to you, the patient, that your thoughts are being heard and that your health is of the topmost priority.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.



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