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Do my feelings fit the diagnosis? Avoiding misdiagnoses in psychosomatic consultation services.

Seidl E, Seidl O. Do my feelings fit the diagnosis? Avoiding misdiagnoses in psychosomatic consultation services. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2021;41(2):9-17. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21456.

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November 3, 2021
Seidl E, Seidl O. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2021;41(2):9-17.

Diagnostic safety is a patient safety priority across all medical specialties. Over a five-year period, researchers found that 15% of patients referred for psychosomatic consultations at one university hospital were misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis was primarily attributed to availability bias or other biases. Semi-structured interviews with referring physicians highlight the contributing role of physician attitudes and unusual clinical features.

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Seidl E, Seidl O. Do my feelings fit the diagnosis? Avoiding misdiagnoses in psychosomatic consultation services. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2021;41(2):9-17. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21456.