Thursday, September 22, 2016
Malpractice insurance company tells why people sue
The most common claims are diagnosis-related.
--39% of all claims alleged failed, delayed, or wrong diagnosis, with 56% of these alleging inadequate patient assessments (such as failure or delay in getting tests).
--58% of claims against internal medicine specialists were for high-severity injuries (with a third taking place in hospitals). Such claims added up to only 34% of claims against other specialties.
What contributed to patient injury?
--33% patient assessment (wrong tests or lack of)
--25% concompliance with the treatment plan
--21% communication breakdown between doctor and patient or family
The average primary care doctor diagnoses 400 different diseases a year, and occasionally may not have seen a condition before.
Continuing education is key.
Four hundred diseases a year seems high to me...