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Patterns of error in interpretive pathology.

Packer MDC, Ravinsky E, Azordegan N. Patterns of error in interpretive pathology. Am J Clin Pathol. 2022;157(5):767-773. doi:10.1093/ajcp/aqab190

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August 17, 2022
Packer MDC, Ravinsky E, Azordegan N. Am J Clin Pathol. 2022;157(5):767-773.

Studies have shown diagnostic discordance in evaluation of surgical pathology specimens. In this study, pathologists and pathology residents were asked to diagnose surgical pathology or cytopathology cases and provide a diagnosis. Most respondents provided the correct diagnosis for most of the cases; 35% of cases were wholly or partially misdiagnosed. Educational and process changes (e.g., requiring subspecialist over-read for some diagnoses) were implemented in the pathology department in response, resulting in substantial improvement in error rates.

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Packer MDC, Ravinsky E, Azordegan N. Patterns of error in interpretive pathology. Am J Clin Pathol. 2022;157(5):767-773. doi:10.1093/ajcp/aqab190