A new study has found that about 12 million adults are misdiagnosed by doctors in outpatient settings across the U.S. each year.
That's roughly 5 percent, or 1 in 20 adults seeking medical care in non-hospital settings, according to a study published recently in the BMJ Quality & Safety journal.
And those medical errors could lead to serious consequences in about half of the cases, according to the study and its lead author Dr. Hardeep Singh, of the Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston.
The study examined data from three previous studies of outpatient diagnostic errors.
The findings "should encourage policymakers, healthcare organizations and researchers to start measuring and reducing diagnostic errors," the authors wrote.
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