Clinical laboratory issues in diagnostic testing - recent Milwaukee Sentinel investigation

Peter Elias pheski at ME.COM
Sun Jul 12 18:48:55 UTC 2015


I believe there is data showing that 8% of abnormal results never get passed on to patients, which is why our policy is to inform patients of all results, both normal and abnormal.

Peter


On 2015.07.12, at 2:01 PM, Peggy Zuckerman <peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> In my patient world, where I am alternately asked to be proactive about my health and then to trust the doctor implicitly, not even being guaranteed access to my own records, I see these errors as deriving from the physician.  He determines which test I may need, he sends me to get the labs, tells me not to call as only problems will be relayed to me by a nurse/clerical worker, and makes his treatment recommendations upon those results.  
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> If there is an error from the lab or in the reporting of those results, or even in the choice of the test or the laboratory, from the patient's point of view, it is the responsibility of the doctor.  Of course, this is the same for imaging, the type thereof, the body parts imagined, the results interpreted, etc.  This is not fair, but is the reality.
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> On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 7:59 AM, Robert Bell <0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at list.improvediagnosis.org> wrote:
> Does this make focussing on errors in medicine superfluous? Should we not try to sort out the basics first?
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