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Laposata M. The Pathologist. September 2017;(34):18-27.
Journal Article > Study
Taylor JR, Thompson PJ, Genzen JR, Hickner J, Marques MB. Lab Med. 2017;48:97-103.
Diagnostic error represents a significant source of patient harm. In this study, researchers surveyed physicians to understand how to improve the involvement of laboratory professionals in assisting with diagnostic challenges. They conclude that there may be a greater role for laboratory professionals in the diagnostic process beyond providing test results.
Journal Article > Commentary
Shojania KG, Burton EC. N Engl J Med. 2008;358:873-875.
Autopsies are rarely performed, despite a wealth of literature demonstrating that diagnostic errors are still frequently detected postmortem. The authors discuss the implications of this problem and potential solutions, including the establishment of regional high-volume autopsy centers.
Cases & Commentaries
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Melvin P. Weinstein, MD; January 2008
Blood culture results on a man with chronic health problems revealed Corynebacterium spp. One month later, the patient became ill, and cultures again revealed Corynebacterium. The physician who received the result was unfamiliar with the patient, assumed that this finding was a contaminant, and took no action. Three weeks later, the patient was admitted and diagnosed with subacute bacterial endocarditis.
Dallas, TX: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; June 2006.
This report illustrates weaknesses in current pathology practice of breast cancer diagnosis and suggests improvements for reliability and effectiveness.