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OHSU study: Misdiagnosis of MS is costing health system millions per year
Date:5/9/2012

it, for example, or not preventing avoidable infections. But less attention has been paid to the rate of diagnostic errors which experts estimate average about 10 percent across a wide variety of medical conditions.

Often, these diagnostic errors happen with diseases, like MS, "that don't have a definitive test," said Eran Klein, M.D., Ph.D., the third co-author of the study and an assistant professor in OHSU's Department of Neurology. "These diseases instead require well-honed skills of a professionally trained clinician who is knowledgeable about the disease, can study a patient's medical history, perform a detailed physical examination and evaluate additional medical information to make the proper diagnosis. This study sheds light on the importance of clinical expertise in recognizing and correcting diagnostic error."


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Contact: Todd Murphy
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503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
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