Universal Communication Issues, Inadequate Patient Tracking Create Biggest Treatment Delays
A review in the newest issue of Health Affairs has identified several causes contributing to diagnosis and treatment delays.
The review analyzed 111 reports submitted to the
The most common factors contributing to diagnosis and treatment delays were inadequate follow-up plans, delayed scheduling, inadequate result test-tracking and lack of systemic capability to track patients for short-term follow-ups.
Another major contributor was miscommunication between providers and among providers, patients, healthcare team members and families.
The review suggests that investing in communication improvement strategies may yield significant benefits for expedited quality care.
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