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Murphy DR, Wu L, Thomas EJ
Electronic trigger-based intervention to reduce delays in diagnostic evaluation for cancer: a cluster randomized controlled trial.
The researchers tested whether prospective use of electronic health record-based trigger algorithms to identify patients at risk of diagnostic delays could prevent delays in diagnostic evaluation for cancer. They found that electronic trigger-based interventions seem to be effective in reducing time to diagnostic evaluation of colorectal and prostate cancer as well as improving the proportion of patients who receive follow-up.
Citation: Murphy DR, Wu L, Thomas EJ . Electronic trigger-based intervention to reduce delays in diagnostic evaluation for cancer: a cluster randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol 2015 Nov 1;33(31):3560-7. doi: 10.1200/jco.2015.61.1301..
Keywords: Cancer: Colorectal Cancer, Cancer: Lung Cancer, Cancer: Prostate Cancer, Diagnostic Safety and Quality, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Health Information Technology (HIT)