Diagnostic shades of grey

How many patients (and doctors) are unaware of the range of variability in diagnoses that can derive from the same pathology sample? How much accepted ‘certainty’ is, in fact, ‘uncertain’? Read on, and you may never want to accept a diagnosis without getting a second opinion – or a third.

When Diagnostic Uncertainty Hits Home. Joann Elmore. BMJ Opinion, 28 June 2017.


The article includes some useful links eg http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199412013312206

‘Variability in Radiologists’ Interpretations of Mammograms. Joann G. Elmore, Carolyn K. Wells, Carol H. Lee, Debra H. Howard, and Alvan R. Feinstein

N Engl J Med 1994; 331:1493-1499 December 1, 1994 – which calls for efforts to improve accuracy and reduce variability in interpretations of mammography.


About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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