Medicolegal analysis of the delayed diagnosis of cancer in 338 cases in the United States. Discussion.
New England Surgical Society. Annual meeting. Cambridge MA (USA), 1993/10/29.
To define the frequency, clinical characteristics, and legal outcomes of the delayed diagnosis of cancer leading to negligence litigation.
Retrospective review of 338 jury verdict reports from 42 states in the United States.
State and federal civil court decisions, as reported to litigation survey services, in a 5-year interval from 1985 to 1990.
Of 338 cancers divided into 13 major organ sites, breast (38%, n=127), gastrointestinal (15%, n=51), lung (15%, n=50), and head and neck cancers (10%, n=33) accounted for 80% (270/338) of lawsuits.
The average diagnostic delay for 212 cases was 17 months.
The median age of patients with delays was 15 years younger than the age of patients presenting with cancer in the general population.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Diagnostic, Résultat, Homme, Médecine légale, Délai, Jugement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Diagnosis, Result, Human, Legal medicine, Time lag, Judgment
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