Failure to Treat
People do not always know what is wrong when they visit their physicians with unexplained signs of physical distress. Because illnesses and conditions manifest themselves in many ways, doctors must take a structured approach to diagnosis to develop appropriate treatment. Shortcuts in diagnostic practices can lead to injurious treatment — or no treatment at all.
No one can expect guaranteed success from medical treatment, so treatment failure does not automatically indicate medical malpractice. But healthcare providers have a responsibility to use patient histories, diagnostic testing and other available resources to arrive at the most accurate diagnosis possible before initiating treatment. When doctors rush to start treatment, the consequences to patients can be severe as in the following examples:
- Under treatment — Recommending home remedies, dietary changes or no treatment at all can delay healing. In some cases, patients’ condition can continue to worsen with significant adverse results.
- Delayed treatment — Certain conditions, such as cancer or heart disease, require rapid treatment to maximize the potential for recovery. Treatment delays can leave patients with untreatable conditions, often leading to reduced life expectancy.
- Incorrect treatment — In addition to failing to cure a condition, the wrong prescription, therapy or medical procedure can cause substantial new medical concerns.
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