NPR: 8 Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor About a Diagnosis

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A report released this week from the Institute of Medicine says that most people will suffer from at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime. And, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins investigation, some 80,000 to 160,000 patients suffer permanent injuries every year due to diagnostic error.

Getting a devastating medical verdict can be overwhelming. If it happens to you, take a deep breath and summon the strength you will need to be sure you've been correctly diagnosed.

Leslie recently shared 8 essential ways to question your diagnosis with the Diane Rehm Show blog, after an appearance on her show to discuss how to make sure you're getting good medical care.

If you're facing a potentially scary diagnosis, it may be helpful to print these questions out and bring them with you to your doctor visit.