Over the past several years, there have been efforts to explain the misdiagnosis dilemma, and its possible causes, such as:
Jerome Groopman, MD, in the book How Doctors Think and Your Medical Mind, writes that one of the problems is an over-reliance on evidence-based medicine. "Statistics cannot substitute for the human being before you: statistics embody averages, not individuals," he writes.
Although statistics are not the be-all-and-end-all, doctors certainly want and need more data if they are to deal with proper diagnoses, the survey shows. At least 38.5% of respondents, the largest segment, named "fragmented or missing information across medical information systems" as among the most significant barriers to accurately diagnose cancer.