ABDUR’s STORY: Medical Error, Location/Access Barrier

In this conversation, you will meet Abdur. Abdur is from Bangladesh and had to travel to India due to a very lengthy process of getting diagnosis and treatment for his congenital heart disease. He experienced the BARRIERS to PUBLIC HEALTH of Incorrect Diagnosis (Medical Error) and the Access/Location of Facilities.


Interviewer: A medical error impacted your treatment and affected your life for many, many years. Can you tell me what happened?

ABDUR: I had the wrong diagnosis, at first, when I was a young boy.

ABDUR: For 12 years, I continued to see physicians for this incorrect diagnosis.

ABDUR: And then, after traveling 2000 kilometers to India, a physician there discovered that it was congenital heart disease and my management plans changed.

ABDUR: It took me 19 years before I had the surgery that actually fixed my problem. 


Medical errors are not uncommon in medical facilities around the world. 

In the United States, one study suggested that “Medical errors are a serious public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.”

In this story, the medical error was an incorrect diagnosis. 

According to a study from Mayo Clinic, “Mayo researchers found that as many as 66 percent of these patients [in the study] have their original diagnosis refined and in 21 percent of cases, changed.” 








Barriers to Public Health: Financial Constraints, Health Care Provider Shortage, Location of facilities, Cost of Care, Medical Error

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