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How can I avoid diagnosis errors?

Most of the time when you fall ill or become hurt, you go to the doctor in Albuquerque for medical help to get better. You expect to receive a timely and accurate diagnosis. Doctors often must rely on their deductive reasoning skills, knowledge, diagnostic procedures and staff to provide a level and quality of care to give you the right results. When there is a breakdown in procedure, competency, knowledge and communication, the results often have catastrophic ramifications for patients and their loved ones. 

Medical diagnostic tests and procedures are not always accurate. According to KevinMD.com, pathology reports are one of many diagnostic procedures that has an error percentage of 40 percent. You should not just rely on your doctors and medical personnel to provide you with the right test results. You can increase their thoroughness and accountability in the following ways. 

Document your symptoms. No matter what or how you may be experiencing, describe each of your symptoms and health concerns in great detail in a journal. Inform your doctor. Do not feel embarrassed by having to share information that you are not comfortable with someone else knowing. Your physician is someone you must trust so they can use that knowledge to provide the right diagnosis. 

Research your symptoms for possible answers. Write down as many possible diagnoses in a journal so you can use them to refresh your doctor’s memory. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself because the internet and sources outside of the medical community are not always credible when it comes to health-related matters. 

Keep in mind that mistakes are sometimes unavoidable. You can reduce the number of inaccurate diagnostic errors you receive by educating and speaking up for yourself and your loved ones.

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