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“Denial of Care” is the practice of mistakenly denying medical care to patients who need it through reckless diagnosis of “Somatoform Disorder” (or any other version of “it’s all in your head”). Often Denial of Care occurs when doctors assume medically unexplained symptoms must have psychiatric causes.
Every single time someone receives this kind of diagnosis in error someone in need of medical care suffers without it. That outcome is so drastically contrary to the basic goals of medicine that somatoform diagnosis deserves the utmost care and attention from every physician, and from the medical community as a whole.
Current standards fall so far short that they threaten every patient, even to the point of threatening lives: tens of millions of patients are harmed by denial of care around the world each and every day.
- Nearly half of all patients with autoimmune disease experience denial of care before accurate diagnosis, an appalling 22 million patients.
- Because doctors continue to believe somatoform disorders affect mostly women, women are 7 times more likely than men to be mistakenly sent home from the ER in the midst of a heart attack, in the under 55 age group. Once sent home they are twice as likely to die.
- Most rare disease patients spend an average of 7 years in search of diagnosis, and during those years most mistakenly match criteria for SD to a tee. There are 30 million rare disease patients in the US coping with this problem. They outnumber cancer patients by 2 to 1.