Top 3 Most Diagnosed Primary Care Physician Claims
September 16, 2020 | Personal Injury
Almost all Primary Care Physicians claim that they listen closely to their patients when they discuss their symptoms. Yet in these circumstances, most doctors only tune in for about eleven seconds.
That brief interaction, along with some physician’s “I already know what’s wrong with you” attitude, often sets the stage for medical negligence.
Doctors hear a keyword or two during a conversation and immediately jump to conclusions.
That’s especially true if the patient’s symptoms mirror a commonly diagnosed condition.
Misdiagnosis has serious consequences.
If a doctor falsely says a patient has a serious illness, the patient often suffers severe emotional distress and possibly unnecessary, costly treatments.
On the flip side, if a doctor fails to identify a serious condition, the opportunity to effectively treat it though early intervention is often gone forever.
A New York personal injury attorney is often to obtain substantial compensation in these situations, mostly because of the high duty of care involved.
Most doctors have a fiduciary duty toward most patients. That’s the highest duty of care in New York law.
So, what might be an excusable mistake in some contexts is actionable negligence in this context. The three conditions examined below make up most of the PCP-diagnosed conditions in the United States.
This condition is very similar to hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol). As a result, many doctors confuse these two conditions.
But hyperlipidemia is significantly different.
This condition is an elevated lipid or triglyceride level. As a result, traditional cholesterol-lowering medications might not help hyperlipidemia patients at all.
Researchers at Stanford University recently developed an algorithm which conclusively distinguishes between hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia in almost 90 percent of cases.
Unfortunately, many doctors do not administer advanced tests like this one. They are afraid the insurance company will not pay for the test.
So, they go with their guts, and in this context, a gut instinct is often wrong.
High blood pressure is by far the most commonly prescribed PCP condition.
The hypertension misdiagnosis rate, which is a staggering 40 percent, is also about twice as high as the standard medical misdiagnosis rate.
The most common misdiagnosis issues are:
- Anxiety: Doctors call anxiety-related high blood pressure “white coat hypertension.” People have higher blood pressure when they are strapped to machines, often with little or no warning. Furthermore, many doctors ignore important items like a history of anxiety when they conduct or evaluate hypertension tests.
- Masked Hypertension: This condition is the opposite. Some patients have normal blood pressure readings in relaxed doctors’ office environments. But when they face pressures at home, at school, at work, or elsewhere, their blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels.
- Ethnicity: Not everyone has the same resting heart rate. For example, among Asian Indians, the average resting heart rate is 80 beats per second, as opposed to 72 beats per second for most Western individuals.
An improper hypertension diagnosis could mean the doctor gives the patient powerful drugs which the patient does not need.
And, if the doctor fails to detect high blood pressure, the patient is essentially a time bomb.
Experts believe that faulty equipment causes much hypertension misdiagnosis. If that is the case in your situation, you might be entitled to additional compensation from the manufacturer.
This condition could be a genetic or a lifestyle disease.
Basically, diabetes is an elevated blood sugar level, mostly due to an insulin deficiency.
Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) is a closely related condition. And, rushed doctors who do not conduct a full battery of tests often confuse the two.
The confusion could have catastrophic results.
Because LADA occurs so incrementally, doctors often believe that LADA, an autoimmune disease, is Type 2 diabetes, the lifestyle diabetes.
As a result, the undiagnosed LADA patient has a high risk of kidney failure. Additionally, the doctor usually does not screen misdiagnosed LADA patients for celiac, thyroid, and other autoimmune diseases which are quite common among LADA patients.
Once again, an additional test almost always confirms the presence or absence of LADA.
But many doctors do not take this extra step.
People go to the doctor to get better, but that improvement does not always happen.
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