Unpleasant patients are their own worst enemy

Doctors are prone to misdiagnosing difficult patients because of the mental efforted needed to deal with them.

This is irrespective of the time spent or the complexity of the case, say researchers who have conducted a study involving 140 GP registrars.

The results show the doctors were 42% more likely to misdiagnose a difficult patient than a neutral one in a complex case, and 6% more likely to