A question - the primary complaint

robert bell rmsbell200 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 15 01:10:13 UTC 2016

I have noticed that physicians when seeing a patient in an office setting often focus on the primary complaint with laser like enthusiasm, almost to the exclusion of anything else.

I suspect this is mainly related to time restraints.

However, in the big scheme of things is the past history, family history, drug allergies, etc. etc. that important?

In terms of a wrong diagnosis, or bad outcome, is this a small, intermediate or large problem in the number of diagnostic errors made?

Rob Bell M.D., Ph.C.

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