Missed diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in outpatient general medicine: insights from malpractice claims data.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
This analysis of closed malpractice claims sought to characterize the types of errors leading to malpractice claims in patients with cardiovascular disease. Diagnostic errors, especially in patients presenting with nonspecific symptoms but risk factors for cardiovascular disease, were a common cause of claims, implying that improving the accuracy of diagnosing cardiovascular disease may be a promising avenue for reducing morbidity.