More Than Malpractice Claims
For decades we have had to rely on malpractice claims data to understand the scope and magnitude of diagnostic errors. However, only a very small percentage of diagnostic errors result in a malpractice claim or settlement. Fortunately, recent efforts have paved the way for new clinical research into the frequency and types of diagnostic errors that commonly occur in healthcare.
This whitepaper outlines the recent evidence revealing the frequency, severity, and economic burden of the diagnostic error problem, and exposes the fundamental issues that give rise to misdiagnosis, adverse patient outcomes, and the related dramatic costs that are measured not only in dollars, but in lives lost or destroyed.