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Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful
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Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get all the gory malpractice headlines, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, according to a study released Monday by Johns Hopkins researchers. “We have said repeatedly that the fundamental premise is if you don’t have the diagnosis right you can’t possibly get the treatment right unless occasionally you get lucky,” says David E. Newman-Toker, MD, an associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and leader of the study being published online in BMJ Quality and Safety.

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