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Diagnostic errors common in primary care, study finds
Modern Healthcare

Diagnostic errors are common in primary care and affect a wide range of diseases, according to newly published research. Missed, incorrect or delayed diagnoses were most frequent in conditions common in primary-care settings, including pneumonia, congestive heart failure, acute renal failure, cancer and urinary tract infections, according to the study, which appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed 190 instances of diagnostic errors that occurred over a 12-month period, from October 2006 to September 2007, at the ambulatory-care sites of two large hospitals.

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