SDW news brief: Mystery patients help educate physicians on social factors

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 23, 2010

Physicians often fail to consider socio-economic factors when making diagnoses, says a Chicago doctor who found the oversight can lead to medical errors.

Saul Weiner, MD, told the Chicago Tribune that he sent actors into physicians' offices who portrayed patients with underlying issues that affected their condition and care. He found that errors occurred in 78% of cases where socio-economic issues were a significant factor.

Weiner believes that healthcare providers must understand patients' socio-economic conditions to ensure proper treatment and maximize benefits to patients.

To read the full article, click here.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Most Popular