Doctors overestimate disease risk: study

US researchers find doctors tend to overstate patients' chances of common illnesses 

Doctors may overestimate the likelihood that patients will be diagnosed with diseases commonly seen in primary care, a study suggests.

Researchers asked 723 health practitioners in the US to estimate the probability of diagnosis for four scenarios commonly seen in general practice — pneumonia, cardiac ischaemia, breast cancer screening, and urinary tract infections.

The participants, made up of resident doctors, attending doctors and nurse practitioners, were surveyed both before testing and after