An Oregon doctor might use family history, symptoms and tests to diagnose patients for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients who have an ongoing cough should inform their doctors and should also mention any mucus as well as whether anyone in their family has COPD.
Oregon residents who are polite to their doctors are more likely to receive an accurate diagnosis according to research published in BMJ Quality and Safety. Two studies looked into how often doctors made mistakes when diagnosing difficult or uncooperative patients, and researchers discovered that error rates shot up by as much as 42 percent when the conditions being diagnosed were complex.
While many Oregon residents may believe that spider bites are common and dangerous, a study shows that up to 78 percent of alleged spider bites may be misdiagnosed by doctors. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, was published in Toxicon on Feb. 26.
An Oregon woman says that not one, but two doctors at the same clinic failed to diagnose a heart condition that later caused her a heart attack and put her at risk of needing a transplant. She and her husband are suing the facility, Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), for medical malpractice.
Oregon patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis often find that they have trouble breathing, which could affect their ability to live a normal life. An online survey that was conducted by a German pharmaceutical company offered a look at the emotions that many patients suffering from IPF feel once they receive their diagnosis.
Oregon residents who have tuberculosis may now be diagnosed with a test known as the Khatri blood test. It was developed by researchers at Stanford University and is said to be 86 percent accurate in children. This greatly surpasses the 66 percent accuracy called for by the World Health Organization.
Some Oregon women with anxiety might also have heart disease, but a doctor may not notice it because the symptoms of the two are so similar. These were the findings of a study that was published Feb. 23 in "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."
Scientists have introduced a method to test for Lyme disease that could reduce cases of misdiagnosis and allow patients in Oregon and nationwide to begin treatment weeks earlier than currently possible. The research was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Many people in Oregon are seriously injured because of medical errors. When a doctor makes a mistake that harms a a patient, the patient may be left with permanent disabilities or even die.
No one likes to think about doctors making mistakes, but unfortunately it still happens in Oregon and around the country. Whether they are overworked, understaffed, or are not paying enough attention, medical negligence can cost people their lives.