Internetics have launched a global directory of medical misdiagnoses, myMisdiagnosis, to raise awareness about the issues of medical misdiagnosis.
An Australian study of US medical diagnostic data, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, suggests that up to 1 in 7 medical diagnoses could be wrong.
A separate study from The John Hopkins University reports that 1 in 3 cases of misdiagnosis results in severe injury or death and that medical errors are the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
"With those statistics in mind and my own dire experience in finding relevant data, I realised there was a need to create a free to use, patient-driven directory of medical misdiagnoses. To facilitate more misdiagnosis awareness and foster more discussion between patient and medical practitioner," said Clive France, director of Internetics, the project's developer.
"What's out there is often hard to find, hard to decipher or simply non-existent from a patient perspective," he continued.
The site is free to use and allows anyone to traverse a wealth of data, searching on symptoms, misdiagnoses, or correct diagnoses.
"We are also actively encouraging misdiagnosed patients to add their misdiagnosis to the system. It's easy to use, and their experience could potentially save lives." Clive said.
For more information, please visit myMisdiagnosis - the global misdiagnosis database.