Thousands of vets misdiagnosed in Veterans Affairs traumatic brain injury exam mishap - WXYZ.com

Ruth Ryan ruthryan at COX.NET
Wed Nov 23 21:09:08 UTC 2016


There are powerful institutional/cultural/liability factors that have led to
systematic denial or downplaying the diagnosis of TBI, going back at least
to World War I. 

 

Read this article "What If PTSD is More Physical than Psychological?" about
the strenuous efforts of a military physician Dr. Macedonia and others in
Iraq, Afghanistan who fought the brass' wall of denial to turn the DoD/VA
around on this issue. It parallels the story of Dr. Omalu in achieving
recognition for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in NFL players.

 

At
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/magazine/what-if-ptsd-is-more-physical-tha
n-psychological.html?_r=0

 

 

From: Mark Graber [mailto:mark.graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: Thousands of vets misdiagnosed in Veterans Affairs traumatic
brain injury exam mishap - WXYZ.com

 

Please excuse my bias as a VA provider, but the headline about misdiagnosis
of TBI in combat veterans is probably highly misleading.  This is NOT a
story about botched diagnoses.  The VA has been at the forefront of studying
and trying to characterize and diagnose TBI since the war in Iraq.  This is
a story about how much progress has been made in recognizing and
understanding TBI over the past decades, transparency in admitting that the
science of diagnosis in this field has advance considerably and trying to do
the right thing for the affected patients (and being able to do so by
tracking them through registries).  Its a story of how diagnosis improves,
more than how it fails.

 

Mark

 

Mark L Graber MD FACP

Senior Fellow, RTI International

Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook

President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

 

 

 

 

On Nov 23, 2016, at 9:37 AM, HM Epstein <hmepstein at GMAIL.COM
<mailto:hmepstein at GMAIL.COM> > wrote:

 

25 thousand veterans were just notified their traumatic brain injury was
misdiagnosed. VA admits to 8 years of mishandling how the patients were
diagnosed and treated. And then how their claims were rejected. 

 

This article is just about one city's numbers. 

 

http://www.wxyz.com/news/hundreds-of-local-vets-misdiagnosed-in-veterans-aff
airs-traumatic-brain-injury-exam-mishap


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Helene

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