Among 14 972 children, delayed diagnosis occurred in 1.1% (range 0.3% for sepsis to 2.6% for ovarian torsion). Hispanic (matched OR 2.71, 95% CI 1.69 to 4.35) and non-Hispanic black (OR 2.40, 95% CI 1.21 to 4.79) race/ethnicity were associated with delayed diagnosis, whereas Asian and other race/ethnicity were not. Public (OR 2.21, 95% CI 1.42 to 3.44) and other (OR 2.43, 95% CI 1.50 to 3.93) insurance were also associated with delay. Non-English language was associated with delay (OR 1.65, 95% CI 1.02 to 2.69). Abnormal vital signs were associated with a lower likelihood of delay (OR 0.15, 95% CI 0.09 to 0.25).

Citation for the Full Text Article

Michelson KA, McGarghan FLE, Patterson EE, Samuels-Kalow ME, Waltzman ML, Greco KF. Delayed diagnosis of serious paediatric conditions in 13 regional emergency departments. BMJ Qual Saf. 2024 Apr 24;33(5):293-300. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2022-015314.  

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