Diagnostic error in the UK

Jason Maude jason.maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM
Mon Apr 30 08:20:34 UTC 2018


I don’t think it’s quite as bad you imply. These figures have been obtained through a Freedom of Information request so should be facts and fit in with the few other figures we have seen. At least these lawyers have done the work and publicised the data. Ideally, I agree, it should have been done in a study and would have made more impact.

The problem in the UK is that diagnosis still receives scant attention. The Care Quality Commission that regulates hospitals and primary care recently released 2 major reports on the state of acute hospitals and primary care and the word ‘diagnosis’ only appeared once across both reports!

Regards


Jason Maude
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From: Tom Benzoni <benzonit at GMAIL.COM>
Reply-To: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine <IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>, Tom Benzoni <benzonit at GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sunday, 29 April 2018 at 11:08
To: "IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG" <IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>
Subject: Re: [IMPROVEDX] Diagnostic error in the UK

Unfortunately, this is an advert, a solicitation, so I don't think there's much use.
tom

On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 6:52 PM, Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at improvediagnosis.org<mailto:Mark.Graber at improvediagnosis.org>> wrote:
Data provided by a law firm in the UK<https://www.boltburdonkemp.co.uk/news-blogs/campaign/the-rise-of-nhs-medical-negligence-claims/#ftn1> suggests that the incidence of diagnostic error in the National Health Service is increasing.  I haven’t seen longitudinal data of this sort on trends of dx error in the US.  The UK data is also interesting in showing that women are a third more likely than men to receive a wrong diagnosis than men, although the incidence of missed and delayed diagnosis seems about equal in men and women.
The authors speculate that the increased incidence might reflect increased physician workload, shorter visits, decreased supervision of junior doctors, and the aging patient population.
Mark L Graber MD FACP
President, SIDM
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
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