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Unexpected expectations in critical values in anatomic pathology: improving agreement between pathologists and nonpathologists with the treatable immediately, life-threatening terminology.
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PMID:  22032563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Context.-The degree to which critical values in anatomic pathology are understood in the nonpathology community is not know. Objective.-To measure the degree of agreement between pathologists and nonpathologists regarding critical values in anatomic pathology. Design.-A survey containing 15 anatomic pathologic diagnoses was given to a group of pathologists and nonpathologists who were then asked to state whether they should be regarded as critical values. Results.-Nonpathologists thought that a significantly greater percentage of diagnoses were critical than did pathologists, (49% versus 12%, P < .001). If the term critical value was changed to treatable immediately, life threatening, there was no significant difference between the responses of nonpathologists and pathologists (20% versus 12%, P  =  .06). Conclusions.-There is considerable disagreement between pathologists and nonpathologists concerning which diagnoses are critical values in anatomic pathology. Use of the term treatable immediately, life threatening significantly improves agreement.
Authors:
Scott A Renshaw; Edwin W Gould; Andrew A Renshaw
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1543-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1391-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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