Looking for references on patient harm from common tests and treatments

Leonard Berlin lberlin at LIVE.COM
Tue Mar 22 14:38:51 UTC 2016


I thank Sam Campbell for sending the article on the Ulysses Syndrome case.  A woman died due  to myriad complications that occurred because of an initial  false-positive  radiologic finding.    The great majority of radiology errors are of course false negatives.  Nevertheless, a recent UK article reviewing radiologic errors indicated that 7% were due to false positive findings.  I am not aware of any statistics regarding prevalence of false positives in the US, but I have no doubt that  they do occur but are few and far between.
 
Lenny Berlin
 
 
 

 
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:19:19 +0000
> From: Samuel.Campbell at NSHEALTH.CA
> Subject: Re: [IMPROVEDX] Looking for references on patient harm from common tests and treatments
> To: IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
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> Here are two case reports that discuss the issue:
> Canadian Journal of Diagnosis 2015:32(9):1-4  (I have attached the pdf)
> and
> Can. Fam. Phys 2015;61:535-7 (should be available on pubmed)
> 
> Sam Campbell
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> ________________________________________
> From: David Gordon, M.D. [davidc.gordon at DUKE.EDU]
> Sent: March 22, 2016 1:13 AM
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> Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Looking for references on patient harm from common tests and treatments
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> Hi,
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> I have a resident interested in a developing a talk for us on harms associated with common diagnostics and therapeutics, like antibiotics, narcotics, and CT imaging. This can be independent of but can relate to errors in over-diagnosis.
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> Does anyone have any references they would recommend for creating such a talk? For any copyrighted material, I can just take the information and take care of obtaining the article.
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> Thank you,
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> David
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> David Gordon, MD
> Associate Professor
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> Undergraduate Education Director
> Division of Emergency Medicine
> Duke University
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