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Delays in Diagnosis
Delays in diagnosis are unfortunately common in pulmonary medicine due to a variety of patient, provider, and health system factors. Please join Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP as she reviews findings from CHEST’s primary research which aims to understand barriers to timely diagnosis of pulmonary diseases.
Key findings that will be discussed include:
• Pulmonologists’ definition of delay in diagnosis is based primarily on time from symptoms to correct diagnosis.
• Pulmonologists working as part of a multidisciplinary team are more attuned to aspects of delay in diagnosis.
• African-Americans, Hispanics, non-smokers and women are more likely to experience a delay in diagnosis.