Effective Communication of Urgent Diagnoses and Significant Unexpected Diagnoses



The College of American Pathologists' (CAP) Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center and the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology collaborated to develop the "Consensus Statement On Effective Communication Of Urgent Diagnoses And Significant, Unexpected Diagnoses In Surgical Pathology And Cytopathology" which was published in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in 2012. In June 2017, after a comprehensive review process, this document was reaffirmed by both organizations.

This document contains six expert consensus statements to assist anatomic pathologists in the creation of a separate policy regarding urgent diagnoses and significant, unexpected diagnoses in anatomic pathology that is separate from critical results or panic-value policies in clinical pathology. Consideration of the specific urgent or unexpected diagnoses to include in such a policy and the plan to communicate these diagnoses to patient care providers are addressed.

Guideline status: Active
Published online ahead of print: October 13, 2011
Reaffirmed: May 2017

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