Kathleen, doctors and others in health care miss things all the time. I think one reason for that is too many patients. They simply don't have sufficient time. Another thing is lack of communication---the patient not communicating effectively with the doctor and doctors involved with the same patient not communicating with each other. That's one thing I like about Mayo. Everything is in the computer system, so a new doctor will pull up a patient's history and be able to see all the diagnoses, meds, what has been done thus far, etc. They take their time. I have never felt rushed there. They also work as a team, so it is not just one doctor making decisions and treating. I know at Shands they missed a few important things with me. This is one reason it is so important for patients to advocate for themselves or have someone doing it for them.
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