We present a research study that asks:
What are your experiences with diagnostic delay?
What have you found to be important clinical barriers to reaching a diagnosis?
How might a medical learner help you address those barriers?
If you are a physician with at least one experience of diagnostic delay (>6 months in the outpatient setting or >2 weeks in the inpatient setting), we would deeply appreciate it if you took five minutes to share your insight in this quick survey:
Your responses may help us find ways of reducing diagnostic delays, improving patient experience, finding physicians more resources, and enriching medical learner education.
Thank you for your consideration and time.
Michael DeDominicis (& research team)
PGY1 in Neurology
Agreed. And you should target patients with new tumor diagnoses to see what kind of delay occurs regarding follow up staging and initiation of treatment. This is another ancillary area of 'diagnostic' delay that adversely affects patients with serious consequences.
Mark Gusack, M.D.
MANX Enterprises, Ltd.
This is wonderful - an important topic to study. I will be very interested in this topic and what you find. At my institution, we have been slow to implement widespread messaging to patients and the public to reassure them of the safety of coming in for their diagnosis/treatment. As a result, we've seen some awful cases where patients, seemingly unable to weigh the relative risks, allowed their health conditions to deteriorate terribly before they presented (out of fear of the virus), resulting in loss of life, limb and vital organs.
All the best,
Michael A. Bruno, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.R. Professor of Radiology & Medicine
Vice Chair for Quality & Patient Safety
Chief, Division of Emergency Radiology
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ( (717) 531-8703 | 6 (717) 531-5737