12 tips to reduce the chance of diagnostic errors

‘More is missed by not looking than not knowing’

“More is missed by not looking than not knowing.”

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That's a saying many doctors have heard before. But Dr Paul Nisselle, a Melbourne GP and risk management expert, believes it is especially apt for modern-day general practice.

"We all know the red flags," he says. “Even so, perfectly competent and careful doctors can still miss pale red or pink ones.”

Here are his 12 tips to reduce the chance of diagnostic errors:

  1. Don’t jump to conclusions based on what’s common or what you’ve recently experienced,

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