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Documenting your Differential Diagnosis Could Save You in a Malpractice Case

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

We are often asked by clinicians whether they would be better or worse off in a malpractice case if there was a record in the medical notes of their full differential diagnosis and the diagnosis missed was in that list. Our view is that it’s always better to have documented what you have done and thought. If you were wrong and had a reasonable explanation for why you did not think the diagnosis missed and on the list was the most likely and the one that you treated for, then it is better to be able to show that you thought about other possibilities. At the very least you show yourself to be a concerned and caring clinician rather than one that couldn’t be bothered.

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Topics: Misdiagnosis, Differential diagnosis, malpractice

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