The rate of misdiagnosed conditions across U.S. medical facilities continues to be a problem for health professionals, and the situation may not improve anytime soon despite continued efforts to reduce occurrences. Missouri residents might be able to improve their chances of being diagnosed by understanding the definition of misdiagnosis and knowing the most common conditions that are misdiagnosed.
According to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, a misdiagnosis is the delayed, wrong or missed detection of an condition. The SIDM's founder and president says that the major areas of misdiagnosis have remained relatively unchanged. Diagnostic errors consistently involve cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes, aortic dissections and heart attacks. They also frequently involve infections and heart attacks.