Protect Against Misdiagnosis
As a patient or a caregiver, it’s critical to speak up and be proactive. Ensure that your doctor knows your medical history. Also, be honest and descriptive in describing your symptoms. Ask “what else could this be?” when a diagnosis is made. One of the most common errors during diagnosis is when a doctor jumps right into one conclusion without considering alternatives. If you feel uncomfortable with the diagnosis provided, don’t hesitate to request additional testing or a second opinion. You are your own best advocate to prevent medical misdiagnosis.