Why do we have to provide an admitting diagnosis? | Med Rants

Admitting diagnoses can put blinders on to other possible diagnoses. This is a real problem and I think two possible solutions exist: (1) change the term 'admitting diagnosis' to 'preliminary diagnosis' or (2) change the admitting diagnosis to a list of the differential diagnoses based on the patient's presenting symptoms. I prefer the second solution, but also think many will do a poor job of developing a rationale differential.

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