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Scientific study uncovers frequency of accurate diagnoses for women on first attempt

Scientific study uncovers frequency of accurate diagnoses for women on first attempt Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Women consult doctors when they encounter specific health issues. However, specialists may not always provide an accurate diagnosis immediately, according to the Express website.

What scientists found out

British scientists, commissioned by the research agency OnePoll, conducted an experiment revealing that four out of ten women visit the doctor several times before receiving a correct diagnosis.

Over 5,000 women participated in the study, and it was found to be most common among individuals aged 18 to 24.

Experts say that receiving potentially different advice after each doctor's visit not only saddens but can also have detrimental effects on health.

Furthermore, women's health issues, such as menopause and endometriosis, are often ignored or misdiagnosed, forcing patients to spend money and time on other matters.

How long it takes for doctors to make a correct diagnosis

The study showed that 11% of women had to wait for over three years before receiving the correct diagnosis and resolving the issue.

On average, the longest waiting period is 10.8 months.

Additionally, 13% of surveyed women stated that if doctors give them advice in which they are uncertain or contrary to their beliefs, they will not challenge it.

Consequences of late diagnosis

It is known that 44% of participants said they simply felt uncomfortable contradicting the doctor, as they did not want to undermine the professional's authority.

Late diagnosis, at best, leads to worry and anxiety, and at worst, to tragic consequences—a significantly complicated treatment.

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