People often visit their physicians because of unexplained physical symptoms. Illnesses manifest in many different ways. Doctors must structure their approach to diagnosis and treat their patients. Diagnostic shortcuts cause failed treatment or, in fact no treatment at all.
Physicians should use diagnostic testing, patient histories, and any other available resources. This helps to diagnose and treat a patient as accurately as possible.
Indeed, studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that clinicians often use shortcuts or “rules of thumb” when diagnosing a patient with common symptoms. These shortcuts lead to a failure to treat an illness correctly. Studies also identified poor teamwork and communication between physicians as factors in delayed or failed treatment.
Examples of treatment failures can include:
It is essentially a patient’s civil right to receive medical attention from doctors and hospitals. Doctors owe their patients a duty of care in deciding weather to undertake a case. They owe a duty of care deciding appropriate treatment. Finally, they owe a duty of care in administering that treatment.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires emergency departments to stabilize and treat anyone in need without discrimination. It is unlawful to turn away patients due to their insurance status, ability to pay, race, creed, national origin, or color.
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