No real change in DX error over 9 years
rkoppel at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 5 13:40:13 UTC 2014
The problem with that question is that very few lay people can answer it
with any degree of accuracy.
Some will say a screening mammogram -- where the follow up biopsy was
shown to be benign -- was a Dx error. Most won't know of the diagnostic
PS: I'm a sociologist and teach survey methods for a living.
Ross Koppel, Ph.D. FACMI
Sociology Dept and Sch. of Medicine
Senior Fellow, LDI, Wharton
University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA 19104-6299
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On 12/4/2014 1:58 PM, Jason Maude wrote:
> No doubt you’ve seen the survey of medical error in MA carried out by
> the Betsey Lehman Center which was published a few days ago.
> Sadly the results show very little change over the last 9 years!
> Our founding charity carried out a similar survey on a national basis
> back in 2005 and the results were similar.
> * *Percentage of people who say they had experienced a medical
> mistake*: In the 2005 Isabel Medical Charity survey it was 35%
> compared to 23% in the 2014 Betsy Lehman Center survey. This looks
> better but the 2005 question was whether '/you or someone you
> know'/experienced a medical mistake whereas in 2014 the question
> was about being '/personally involved’ /and also the Lehman
> question asked about ‘/preventable’ /mistakes rather than just a
> medical mistake. I am not sure how many patients would know
> whether it had been preventable or not. I would argue that the
> different wording would get a significantly smaller number.
> * *Percentage of those mistakes that were misdiagnosis*: In 2005
> the figure was 50% but has risen slightly to 51% in the Lehman survey.
> This means that in 2005 17.5% of the adult population in the USA had
> directly experienced or knew somebody who had experienced a diagnostic
> error whereas in 2014 11.7% of the adult population in MA had
> personally experienced a preventable diagnostic error.
> Not much to cheer about there!
> Jason Maude
> Founder and CEO Isabel Healthcare
> Tel: +44 1428 644886
> Tel: +1 703 879 1890
> www.isabelhealthcare.com <http://www.isabelhealthcare.com/>
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