Only 2% of Connecticut Doctors Diagnose Chronic Lyme
Posted Sep 12 2010 11:13pm
This is a very telling and frightening statistic: only 2% (approximately) of Connecticut primary care doctors diagnose chronic Lyme disease, according to the Journal of Pediatrics. This article was published early in 2010. Article Abstract: http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(10)00522-6/abstract
If that is the percentage in Connecticut, it would be easy to imagine that things are a lot worse in less endemic states. The survey was for primary care docs only, meaning the results are probably skewed low because Lyme specialists and infectious disease docs weren’t included. Nevertheless, many sick with Lyme disease don’t know it and don’t know which experts to go see, so of those in this boat, we can presume that 98% are misdiagnosed.