Diagnostic difficulty and error in primary care--a systematic review.

  title={Diagnostic difficulty and error in primary care--a systematic review.},
  author={Olga Kostopoulou and Brendan C Delaney and Craig W Munro},
  journal={Family practice},
  volume={25 6},
BACKGROUND Diagnostic error in primary care can have serious implications for the patient, the clinician and the health-care system, possibly more so than other types of error. OBJECTIVE To identify common characteristics of diseases that GPs may misdiagnose. METHODS Systematic search of the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases for primary research on diagnostic error/delay in primary care. Papers on system errors, patient delay, case reports, reviews, opinion pieces, studies not based on actual… CONTINUE READING