TABLE 3

Ranking of Conditions Respondents Considered Most-Commonly Misdiagnosed in Pediatric Practice

Total (N = 727)Trainee (N = 291)Academic Pediatrician (N = 289)Community Pediatrician (N = 165)
n (%)Average Rankingn (%)Average Rankingn (%)Average Rankingn (%)Average Ranking
Viral illnesses diagnosed as bacterial illnesses379 (52)1.28161 (55)1.32131 (48)1.1787 (53)1.41
Medication side effects383 (53)1.12164 (56)1.27153 (56)1.1666 (40)0.76
Psychiatric disorders232 (32)0.5892 (32)0.5986 (32)0.5954 (33)0.53
Appendicitis202 (28)0.5379 (27)0.4865 (24)0.4858 (35)0.70
Asthma121 (17)0.3145 (15)0.3053 (20)0.3723 (14)0.22
Otitis media116 (16)0.3139 (13)0.2649 (18)0.3728 (17)0.29
Intussusception93 (13)0.2435 (12)0.2134 (13)0.2324 (15)0.30
Developmental dysplasia of hip101 (14)0.2337 (13)0.1831 (11)0.2033 (20)0.38
Pneumonia74 (10)0.1631 (11)0.1723 (8)0.1320 (12)0.19
Meningitis59 (8)0.1521 (7)0.1319 (7)0.1419 (12)0.22
Testicular torsion37 (5)0.1013 (4)0.0713 (5)0.1011 (7)0.14
Bronchiolitis37 (5)0.0724 (8)0.1111 (4)0.062 (1)0.01
Other30 (4)0.062 (1)0.0126 (10)0.152 (1)0.01
Fracture26 (4)0.067 (2)0.0311 (4)0.068 (5)0.10
  • The Friedman test showed significant differences among the ranked options (P < .0001).