Harmful diagnostic errors common among hospitalized patients

Diagnostic errors, including problems with patient assessments and test interpretations, were common and harmful among hospitalized patients, sometimes leading to death, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found.
According to Andrew D. Auerbach, MD, MPH, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and colleagues, diagnostic errors are thought to contribute to events such as death, various harms and ICU transfers, but “few past studies used structured approaches to detect diagnostic errors.”
“For example, a recent study of inpatient

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