The word diagnosis derives from the Latin ‘di” which means two, and ‘agnosis’ which means without knowledge. So you can say a diagnosis is a meeting of two minds that don’t have a clue about what’s going on. Not very comforting if it’s a team of doctors trying to figure out what’s wrong with you!

A recent study in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed some rather shocking numbers about physicians’ diagnostic accuracy and confidence… Turns out that the 118 MDs who participated in the study were right only 55% of the time on easy cases and just 6% on the tough ones. Even more surprising, an earlier Pew Survey showed that patients were 41% accurate in their own self-diagnosis from online resources, giving them a statistical advantage over their more learned MD counterparts.

So the question is: do we really have a ‘health crisis’ in this country, or is it just an over diagnosis problem. A system clogged with people lead to believe they have pressing health issues when in fact they don’t? When it comes to knowing what ails you, two heads aren’t necessarily better than one. Maybe it’s smarter to trust the REAL doctor inside you.

Courtesy of The Weekly Sticky

Until next week,

Dr. Jen