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1 in 3 misdiagnoses results in serious injury or death: study

Fierce Healthcare
By Jacqueline Renfrow
July 11, 2019

One-third of malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability come from a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis.

According to a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and appearing in Diagnosis, data confirm that an inaccurate diagnosis is the No. 1 cause of serious medical errors.

An estimated 40,000 to 80,000 deaths occur each year in U.S. hospitals related to misdiagnosis, and an estimated 12 million Americans suffer a diagnostic error each year in a primary care setting—33% of which result in serious or permanent damage or death.