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Delays in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery: root causes, actions taken, and recommendations for healthcare improvement.

Politi RE, Mills PD, Zubkoff L, et al. Delays in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery: root causes, actions taken, and recommendations for healthcare improvement. J Patient Saf. Epub 2022 Apr 30. doi: 10.1097/pts.0000000000001016

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June 1, 2022
Politi RE, Mills PD, Zubkoff L, et al. J Patient Saf. 2022;Epub Apr 30.

Delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to poor outcomes for patients. Researchers reviewed root cause analysis (RCA) reports to identify factors contributing to delays in diagnosis and treatment among surgical patients at the Veterans Health Administration. Of the 163 RCAs identified, 73% reflected delays in treatment, 15% reflected delays in diagnosis, and 12% reflected delays in surgery. Policies and processes (e.g., lack of standardized processes, procedures not followed correctly) was the largest contributing factor, followed by communication challenges, and equipment or supply issues.

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Politi RE, Mills PD, Zubkoff L, et al. Delays in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery: root causes, actions taken, and recommendations for healthcare improvement. J Patient Saf. Epub 2022 Apr 30. doi: 10.1097/pts.0000000000001016