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Most Americans Will Be Misdiagnosed at Least Once

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  • Most people will suffer from at least one wrong or delayed medical diagnosis during their lifetime, according to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report
  • Five percent of US adults who seek outpatient care will experience a diagnostic error
  • Diagnostic errors are thought to contribute to 10 percent of US patient deaths and 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals

By Dr. Mercola

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that up to 98,000 people die each year due to hospital mistakes. A health advisory committee with IOM has built on this knowledge in a new, yet equally concerning, report released in September 2015.


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