Missed and Erroneous Diagnoses Common in Primary Care Visits

Ross Koppel rkoppel at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Sun Dec 8 19:01:43 UTC 2013

Important to note the role of horrible decisions and actions by 
As a sociologist, I'd only add that there are a lot of societal factors 
creating some of that obesity, drink, cancer, lack of exercise, etc, 
etc. Many of those factors can be altered....but we don't

Ross Koppel, Ph.D. FACMI
Sociology Dept and Sch. of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA 19104-6299
215 576 8221 C: 215 518 0134

On 12/8/2013 10:45 AM, Ted.E.Palen at KP.ORG wrote:
> The death rate for climbers of K2 (the second highest peak in the 
> world) is about 25%.  So although I understand your analogy it is not 
> correct.  People take huge risks everyday. And they even take more 
> risk with their health, although the results of their decision may not 
> have consequences for many years. They smoke, drink to excess, become 
> addicted to pain meds, eat poor, do not exercise.  Even though 
> diagnostic errors and treatment errors may and do have terrible 
> consequences, the behaviors people engage in have far more devastating 
> consequences in regard to heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc.
> *Ted E. Palen, PhD MD, MSPH* | *Physician Investigator* | *Institute 
> for Health Research* | *Kaiser Permanente Colorado*
> *Physician Manager for Clinical Reporting | Medical Cost Management| 
> Colorado Permanente Medical Group*
> (303-614-1215 | 7303-614-1305 | *ted.e.palen at kp.org 
> <mailto:sarah.madrid at kp.org>
> *N*

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