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Reevaluation of diagnosis in adults with physician-diagnosed asthma.

Aaron SD, Vandemheen KL, FitzGerald M, et al. Reevaluation of Diagnosis in Adults With Physician-Diagnosed Asthma. JAMA. 2017;317(3):269-279. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19627.

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February 1, 2017
Aaron SD, Vandemheen KL, FitzGerald M, et al. JAMA. 2017;317(3):269-279.

Misdiagnosis can contribute to overuse of unnecessary medication and treatments as well as a delay in appropriate treatment, placing patients at increased risk of harm. This prospective cohort study suggests that asthma may be frequently misdiagnosed in the community setting as a result of inadequate testing for airflow limitations. In 2% of the cases analyzed, a serious underlying cardiorespiratory condition was misdiagnosed as asthma.

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Aaron SD, Vandemheen KL, FitzGerald M, et al. Reevaluation of Diagnosis in Adults With Physician-Diagnosed Asthma. JAMA. 2017;317(3):269-279. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19627.