Lurking perils of copious information

A well-founded, and occasionally tested, fear is that we miss something that will have negative consequences for our patients. But in these days of ubiquitous information, just how much is there to miss?

Obviously a thorough history is basic and if the patient doesn’t offer some important information, a doctor may still be held responsible for failing to ask a critical question, or review previous notes that might have a bearing on the diagnosis or proper management — the notion of single incident versus continuing care.