The Value of a Second Opinion at the Mayo Clinic

Mark Graber Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
Tue Apr 4 14:02:14 UTC 2017


Just coming out – this study from the Mayo Clinic<https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/20-percent-of-patients-with-serious-conditions-are-first-misdiagnosed-study-says/2017/04/03/e386982a-189f-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?utm_term=.11d4a1346899> finds that 20% of referred patients end up with a very different diagnosis.  The findings are very similar to the results from the second opinion program at Best Doctors, as referenced in the Mayo Clinic article.  In both cases, however, these are not randomly selected patients being studied – they are patients who were concerned enough about their initial diagnosis (or lack thereof) to seek out the second opinion.

Mark

Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, SIDM
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
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