Who Is at Risk for Diagnostic Discrepancies? Comparison of Pre- and Postmortal Diagnoses in 1800 Patients of 3 Medical Decades in East and West Berlin

@inproceedings{Wittschieber2012WhoIA,
  title={Who Is at Risk for Diagnostic Discrepancies? Comparison of Pre- and Postmortal Diagnoses in 1800 Patients of 3 Medical Decades in East and West Berlin},
  author={Daniel Wittschieber and Frederick Klauschen and Anna-Christin Kimmritz and Moritz von Winterfeld and Carsten H. Kamphues and Hans-Joachim Scholman and Andreas Erbersdobler and Heidi Pfeiffer and Carsten Denkert and Manfred Dietel and Wilko Weichert and Jan Budczies and Albrecht Stenzinger},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND Autopsy rates in Western countries consistently decline to an average of <5%, although clinical autopsies represent a reasonable tool for quality control in hospitals, medically and economically. Comparing pre- and postmortal diagnoses, diagnostic discrepancies as uncovered by clinical autopsies supply crucial information on how to improve clinical treatment. The study aimed at analyzing current diagnostic discrepancy rates, investigating their influencing factors and identifying… CONTINUE READING

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