Delays in diagnosis are, unfortunately, common in many areas of medicine, including pulmonary medicine, and are 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 explore and explain barriers to timely diagnosis of pulmonary diseases.
Key findings 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, nonsmokers, and women are more likely to experience a delay in diagnosis.