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Miscommunication can lead to misdiagnosis

When people in Arizona make an appointment to see their physician, they expect to be given an accurate diagnosis of their condition. This will help them to receive the treatment they need. There are, however, a high number of incidents where patients are misdiagnosed or are falsely told they do not suffer from a condition at all. Medical misdiagnosis can lead to serious and permanent injury and even death in some cases. Researchers have looked at the factors that cause doctors to misdiagnose patients in an attempt to minimize this type of medical negligence.

One factor that leads to misdiagnosis is poor communication between medical professionals and patients. For example, if patients fail to give physicians a full and complete medical history, doctors may not look for certain underlying precursors that could lead to a diagnosis. Furthermore, physicians should ask clear questions in order to gain a deeper insight into what is going on. Communication errors that take place among physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, health administration and other professionals can lead to problems as well. Doctors could get the wrong information regarding a patient’s history, prescription drug regimen, symptoms and other conditions.

Other communication concerns have come up involving patients and doctors that face a language barrier. When patients cannot communicate properly to their doctors who speak another language, physicians may have trouble understanding them and treating them. More studies are being conducted on how this language barrier can be effectively remedied when doctors see patients from all cultures.

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