The research appears to be very simple: when doctors don't listen to their patient, they also misdiagnose symptoms and illnesses. Also, miscommunications to patients can lead to a variety of complications as well: failure to follow directions, medical complications and medication errors.
A study suggests that shorter shifts for doctors and other medical professionals may lead to more medical mistakes. Medical errors often occur during work shift changes because those just coming to work may not be as familiar with what has been going on regarding treatment of a patient.
A Pennsylvania woman has brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician asserting that a surgical error on his part has resulted in nerve damage, needless pain and suffering and the need for additional medical and surgical procedures. She described the injuries that she received as being severe and permanent in nature.
Medication side effects, pneumonia and high blood pressure are common symptoms that are all too frequently misdiagnosed by doctors. These types of symptoms should be picked up when a patient is visiting his doctor, but close to two-thirds of diagnosis errors occur while someone is actually at the doctor's office.
A new study appears to demonstrate that many medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose type mistakes come about because physicians are expected to do too much in the short time that they spend with their patients. Schedules for doctors in Pittsburgh and across the country are becoming increasingly tighter, and the timeframe for communicating with patients have often been shortened.
A study was conducted concerning medical mistakes made by physicians. When examining electronic medical records, one of the greatest surprises for researchers was to find the number of instances involving delayed or missed diagnosis.
There's an interesting and somewhat disturbing story about how one particular doctor claims to have learned how to treat addiction by using a controversial procedure. The doctor also claims that the procedure can be used in helping individuals that have suffered concussions and head trauma. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar has even attested to the success of this doctor's treatment known as "rapid detox" for ridding him of headaches, insomnia and slurred speech.
studies have shown that most such errors result from lack of leadership or poor communication. Younger and more inexperienced doctors were the most likely of all surgeons to commit these surgical errors.
An Illinois man has brought a lawsuit against a hospital for his losing part use of his hand. The patient was admitted with cuts to his left middle and index fingers that came about due to a fall, and he was complaining of numbness and pain.
Federal requirements regarding the reporting of medical errors are apparently still open to interpretation. According to certain doctors, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 was passed to encourage physicians to report errors while at the same time be shielded from public disclosure of these errors. Yet certain states have issued court rulings that may disclose more information than these same physicians are comfortable with.