Counter-punching bias effectively

Getting a diagnosis right could be considered the most critical of a doctor’s skills, yet medico-legal claims for diagnostic errors are among the most common.

Given the central role diagnosis plays in the provision of medical treatment, why is the diagnostic error rate (including incorrect, delayed or missed diagnoses) as high as 20% and why has so little attention been paid to addressing this critical issue?

Despite Dr Nuland’s emphasis on the centrality of diagnosis, the focus on quality and safety in medical practice over recent