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.
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.