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Adherence to national guidelines for timeliness of test results communication to patients in the Veterans Affairs health care system.

Meyer AND, Scott TMT, Singh H. Adherence to national guidelines for timeliness of test results communication to patients in the Veterans Affairs health care system. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e228568. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.8568

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May 4, 2022
Meyer AND, Scott TMT, Singh H. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e228568.

Delayed communication of abnormal test results can contribute to diagnostic and treatment delays, patient harm, and malpractice claims. The Department of Veterans Affairs specifies abnormal test results be communicated to the patient within seven days if treatment is required, and within 14 days if no treatment is required. In the first full year of the program, 71% of abnormal test results and 80% of normal test results were communicated to the patient within the specified timeframes. Performance varied by facility and type of test.

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Meyer AND, Scott TMT, Singh H. Adherence to national guidelines for timeliness of test results communication to patients in the Veterans Affairs health care system. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e228568. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.8568