According to one study conducted by Florida researchers, doctors give patients only seconds to explain their symptoms and conditions before interrupting. While many patients have complained of feeling rushed during a doctor's appointment, it could have real consequences when physicians do not listen to their patients' detailed descriptions of their own experience. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, assessed the beginning minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their doctors over a seven-year period between 2008 and 2015.
Medical professionals in Florida and elsewhere often report the symptoms of workplace burnout, according to a recent poll of almost 6,700 doctors. The study asked them about symptoms of burnout, medical errors and workplace safety. Over half of them reported fatigue, depression or suicidal thoughts, which represent clear signs of burnout. Responses that indicated burnout were prevalent among the 11 percent of doctors who also admitted to making medical errors in the previous three months.
According to the results of a national survey, over half of the physicians around the country are burned out. As a result, there is a higher chance that they will make medical errors.
Inaccurate and delayed diagnoses affect women more than men with regard to at least some specific diseases and medical conditions. With regard to heart disease, for example, women are 50 percent more likely to be incorrectly diagnosed initially, even if they have had a heart attack. Female patients are approximately 30 percent more likely than their male counterparts to have stroke symptoms misdiagnosed. Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease cases are women, in Florida and across the U.S., and it takes five doctors, on average, before the correct diagnosis is reached.
There could be some additional hope for Pennsylvania residents diagnosed early on with pancreatic cancer, according to a study released in June 2018 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference. When patients with pancreatic cancer were given a four-drug combination known as folfirinox, they had significantly better results than patients receiving the traditional drug used for this treatment. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most notoriously difficult-to-treat cancers, especially as it is often discovered too late for surgery to be effective and after the malignancy has spread.
Physicians in Florida have various tools they can use to know what type of test to order for a patient and to make an accurate diagnosis. Mobile health applications are some of the tools used to assist with making diagnostic decisions even though they have not been evaluated for their clinical effectiveness.
Pancreatic cancer can be one of the most devastating forms of the progressive disease for patients in Florida, especially as it often develops before being detected. Research suggests that some drugs that are prescribed to treat high blood pressure can increase the chances of women developing this particularly deadly form of cancer. A large study of women after menopause found that those who had taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) had a 66 percent higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
According to estimates from a medical malpractice insurer, between 10 and 20 percent of patients do not receive an accurate diagnosis during doctor visits. When people in Florida seek medical care, medical errors are the most likely to occur during the diagnostic phase. The insurer studied over 10,000 medical professional liability claims over a five-year period and concluded that diagnostic errors were the root cause of 33 percent of them.
Adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that develops in the small intestines. Because its initial symptoms include pain, nausea and vomiting, it can be difficult for doctors to pin it down immediately. In fact, it usually takes several months before patients are correctly diagnosed. Residents of Florida who are experiencing these or any of the other symptoms mentioned below will want to see a doctor.
On March 20, researchers published the results of a study that found that data entry software could reduce ultrasound and dual-energy x-ray errors for patients in Florida and elsewhere. It was also found that the software could save up to $1 million in radiology costs over a period of five years.