Researchers at John’s Hopkins reviewed over 350,000 malpractice claim payouts in the U.S over the past 25 years found in the National Practitioner Data Bank. They found that the majority of these claims were the result of diagnostic error, often resulting in severe injury to patients and constituting the highest payouts.
The leader of the study, which was published in BMJ Quality and Safety, David E. Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said “This is more evidence that diagnostic errors could easily be the biggest patient safety and medical malpractice problem in the United States. There’s a lot more harm associated with diagnostic errors than we imagined.”
The study only looks at incidents for which medical malpractice claims were filed and paid out. The true number of such incidents is estimated to be 80,000 to 160,000 patients suffering misdiagnosis-related injury … (Continued…)