Journal Article

Diagnostic error in pediatric cancer.

Carberry AR; Hanson K; Flannery A; Fischer M; Gehlbach J; Diamond C; Wald ER.

Missed or delayed cancer diagnoses can lead to delays in treatment and worse outcomes. This retrospective cohort study of new pediatric cancer patients found that there were diagnostic delays or errors in 28% of cases. The authors suggest that multiple visits for the same complaint should raise concerns about diagnostic accuracy.