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The Impact of Automated Notification on Follow-up of Actionable Tests Pending at Discharge: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

  • July 1, 2018

A physician’s failure to follow-up on test results that are still pending at a patient’s discharge (TPADs) could lead to a missed diagnosis or preventable adverse event. This CRICO-funded study researched whether automated notifications improved documented follow-up for tests that were actionable. 


The research concluded that automated notification of actionable TPADs did shorten the follow-up time by physicians for patients within their healthcare network.  However, the researchers noted that future research is needed to evaluate such safety concerns as “The high proportion of actionable TPADs without any documented follow-up (~ 40%).”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Dalal AK, Schaffer A, Gershanik EF,Papanna R, Eibensteiner K, Nolido NV, Yoon CS, Williams D, Lipsitz SR, Roy CL, Schnipper JL. The impact of automated notification on follow-up of actionable tests pending at discharge: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. July 2018, 33(7):1043–1051. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4393-y