Medscape July 12, 2019
Miriam E. Tucker

WASHINGTON — Misdiagnosis-related harms are concentrated in the “big three” areas of vascular events, infections, and cancers, new research suggests.

The findings, from an analysis of nearly 12,000 malpractice claims, were presented here on Thursday at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), which funded the research through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The study, by David E. Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues, was simultaneously published online in Diagnosis.

“Diagnostic errors are the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly medical errors both for society and for individual patients. A place to start is with the ‘big three’ — cancers, infections, and...