Litigation from diagnostic errors

This large analysis of closed malpractice claims from 1986 to 2010 found 29% were due to diagnostic errors, which accounted for 35% of total payments. Diagnostic errors resulted in death 41% of the time, as opposed  to only 24% with other types of allegations. Diagnostic errors account for substantial morbidity, mortality, and malpractice claims in the US (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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