Medical Malpractice article questions

Elias Peter pheski69 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 8 14:34:13 UTC 2015


This quote in the opening paragraph suggests to me that the author of the article is not competent to discuss medical practice or diagnostic approaches:

“...more often than not, physical pain or the presence of abnormalities, e.g. a breast lump, is in fact an indicator of a serious medical condition. “

This reflect no awareness of concepts like incidence, prevalence, test characteristics (sensitivity and specificity), false positives and negatives, NNT and NNH. To say nothing about Bayes theorem.

If this weren’t enough to mark this essay is without basis, the absence of any mention of problems of failed communication among clinicians or between clinicians and patients is a huge fail.

Peter Elias, MD



On 2015.06.07, at 5:30 PM, Vic Nicholls <nichollsvi2 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> 
> Looking at this:
> 
> http://resources.lawinfo.com/medical-malpractice/
> 
> On 1) Could the "watch and wait" treatment be an issue here? Where the wait was too long or not enough? Could it also be an issue with the way blood/urine test levels/ranges are set up? Could they be setting up doctors to fail because the ranges are too wide or too absolute?  
> 
> On 5) With EHR's, is this really a problem? 
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> On 6) How could that be a doctors' fault? 
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> On 9) Wouldn't a doctor rule out something and then move on to what they thought it might be? 
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> Thanks,
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> Vic
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