The primary role of assessment tools applied by clinicians is to help in the process of diagnosing correctly. However, in many cases, the assessment tools have not always helped the clinicians in accurate diagnosis. Poor accuracy results to cases of misdiagnosis making the patient vulnerable to the disease. Assessment tools are a hindrance to the correct diagnosis done by clinicians as it provides false positives.
Cases of misdiagnosis have increased due to the clinicians depending only on the results of assessment tools in diagnosing the patients. It has been proved that assessment tools have contributed heavily to the rise of these cases of misdiagnosis due to the inaccurate results derived from the assessment process. Misdiagnosis caused by the assessment tools mainly occurs due to the uncommon conditions in a patient (Anderson et al., 2002). For instance, a young woman having gastric distress (one of the symptoms of a heart attack) has a slim chance of being diagnosed with a heart attack as compared to an overweight young man having the same symptoms. The difference in diagnosing is brought about by the assessment tools, whose uses commonly lead to misdiagnosis in conditions such as heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and meningitis. In addition, assessment tools cause the misdiagnosis of appendicitis with 28% to 57% of children under 12 accounted. Use of assessment tools also causes delayed diagnosis due the time consumed during the process of assessment (Goguen, 2016).
In conclusion, assessment tools are a hindrance in the process of diagnosis as they lead clinicians to commit errors that are often costly and dangerous to the patients’ health. They also provide false positives to the clinicians, hence causing misdiagnosis cases that are on the rise.
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