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25- year study reveals diagnostic errors rank highest in medical malpractice and paid claims

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine analyzed the health and economic outcomes of medical malpractice claims in the US over the past 25 years. Their results conveyed that the cause of such claims was overwhelmingly diagnostic errors by healthcare professionals. The consequences of such misdiagnoses were death and various forms of permanent injury. The research concluded that diagnostic errors prove to be the “most costly and dangerous of medical mistakes” accounting for over one-third of paid claims.

Access the full study here.

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