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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 94-98

Why chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed 40 to 80% of the time?


Former Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Nelson Hendler
Former Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
USA
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DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10046-0051

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Researchers from Johns Hopkins Hospital have reported that 40%-80% of chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed. The leading causes for these errors are a failure to take a thorough and comprehensive history from the patient, and ordering the wrong tests. Typical testing errors are the use of anatomical tests to detect the physiological phenomenon of chronic pain, and a failure to understand the specificity and sensitivity of medical testing commonly in use.


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