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April 10, 2017

Research Shows 20 Percent of Patients Receive Faulty First Diagnosis

Research Shows 20 Percent of Patients Receive Faulty First Diagnosis

A recent article published by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette states that new research shows over 20% of patients discovered they had been misdiagnosed by their primary care provider after getting a second opinion at "one of the nation's premier medical institutions."

The research looked at almost 300 patients who visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a second opinion after receiving an initial diagnosis from a primary care physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Of the patients included in the study, 12% received the same diagnosis and 22% received a “distinctly different” diagnosis. The remaining 66% of patients received a more precise and detailed version of their initial diagnosis by seeking out additional advice.

A report done in 2015 by the National Academy of Medicine notes that many misdiagnoses are due to diagnostic error, which is "a relatively under-measured and understudied aspect of patient safety." The research done at Mayo Clinic cited that these diagnostic errors “contribute to approximately 10% of patient deaths.”

Doctors suggest taking the time and money to obtain a second opinion when the patient’s initial diagnosis is "a serious condition, such as cancer" or requires extensive or risky treatment, like surgery.

With Aero Med Express, our air ambulance service can take you to any of the nation's best medical facilities, such as Mayo Clinic or Johns Hopkins Hospital, allowing you to ensure you've received a full and accurate diagnosis.

The hospital you choose can make all the difference, so don't let your inability to travel commercially stop you from getting the best possible care. Contact us today to see how our medical flight services can help you.

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