If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with a serous illness, the temptation to rush into surgery or powerful treatments can be overpowering. As difficult as it may seem, now is not the time to make snap decisions. Now is the time to take a deep breath, and gather more information from reputable sources and experts on your disease, so that you can go forward with absolute certainty that you are treating the correct problem.
Diagnostic errors contribute to 10% of all deaths, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Even worse? Every American will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime.
Diagnostic errors are common, costly and dangerous. But there are steps you can take to make sure you're getting the right diagnosis and avoiding potentially harmful treatments.
Here are 8 questions that can serve as a starting point for conversations with your doctor. Supplement them with questions related to your specific circumstances.