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Communicating certainty in pathology reports: interpretation differences among staff pathologists, clinicians, and residents in a multicenter study.

Gibson BA, McKinnon E, Bentley RC, et al. Communicating certainty in pathology reports: interpretation differences among staff pathologists, clinicians, and residents in a multicenter study. Arch Pathol Lab Med.  Epub 2021 Oct 21. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2020-0761-OA

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December 22, 2021
Gibson BA, McKinnon E, Bentley RC, et al. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2021;Epub Oct 21.

A shared understanding of terminology is critical to providing appropriate treatment and care. This study assessed pathologist and clinician agreement of commonly-used phrases used to describe diagnostic uncertainty in surgical pathology reports. Phrases with the strongest agreement in meaning were “diagnostic of” and “consistent with”. “Suspicious for” and “compatible with” had the weakest agreement. Standardized diagnostic terms may improve communication.

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Gibson BA, McKinnon E, Bentley RC, et al. Communicating certainty in pathology reports: interpretation differences among staff pathologists, clinicians, and residents in a multicenter study. Arch Pathol Lab Med.  Epub 2021 Oct 21. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2020-0761-OA