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Dr. Ken's Corner: Second Opinions No Longer an Afterthought

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Apr 27, 2017 10:42:01 AM

Coming up with the correct diagnosis a hundred percent of the time is not easy.  In fact, it's downright impossible.

According to a recent study, more than 20% of patients seeking a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic were found to be misdiagnosed by their primary care provider (Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, April 4, 2017).

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Topics: Dr. Ken Teufel, interim physicians, medicine, physician, diagnosis and treatment, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Ken's Corner, second opinions

Dr. Ken's Corner: Is "Standardized" Care the New Standard of Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 25, 2015 5:23:01 PM

We all know that practicing defensive medicine is commonplace. "Overtesting" -- doing unnecessary lab work and other diagnostic studies (some invasive) -- is justified as a way to stay out of the court room.  In some cases, physicians are simply bending to "what the patient wants done."  To counteract test and procedure overuse, physicians are increasingly being told to stick to the guidelines, which generally recommend a less aggressive approach to both diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: Dr. Ken Teufel, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Ken's Corner, patient care, standardized care

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