Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose

Doctors are expected to improve the health of their patients. However, doctors can miss or misinterpret symptoms when evaluating a patient. They may fail to connect the dots of patient symptoms, or they may see problems that aren’t there. If a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, patients can receive costly and ineffective care that may result in injury. If a doctor fails to diagnose a condition it can go untreated, causing a patient harm.