Beyond biases?

Jason Maude jason.maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM
Tue Feb 7 19:22:35 UTC 2017


These 2 tragic cases of misdiagnosis have been reported recently by the Daily Mail:


1.   The first is a 5 year old boy with a missed diagnosis of juvenile arthritis  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4198822/Boy-died-arthritis-two-years-misdiagnosis.html

2.   The second covers a 24 year women with a missed diagnosis of brain tumor http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4172188/Fit-intelligent-woman-24-dies-brain-tumour.html

The most significant aspect of both these cases is that in the first the patient was seen 20x over 2 years by clinicians and in the second 14x over 9 months!

With this number of visits we must have gone beyond ‘biases’ to just plain pig headedness!

These cases show how the most effective and simple trigger to catch potential cases could be one that flags up re attenders for the same problem for a complete rethink.

Regards
Jason

Jason Maude
Founder and CEO Isabel Healthcare
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