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Early Stage Bladder Cancer: Do Pathology Reports Tell Us What We Need to Know?
Schroeck FR, Pattison EA, Denhalter DW, Patterson OV, DuVall SL, Seigne JD, Robertson DJ, Sirovich B, Goodney PP. Early Stage Bladder Cancer: Do Pathology Reports Tell Us What We Need to Know? Urology. 2016 Dec 1; 98:58-63.
To assess a large national sample of bladder cancer pathology reports to determine if they contained the components necessary for clinical decision-making.
We examined a random sample of 507 bladder cancer pathology reports from the national Department of Veterans Affairs Corporate Data Warehouse to assess whether each included information on the 4 report components explicitly recommended by the College of American Pathologists' protocol for the examination of such specimens: histology, grade, presence vs absence of muscularis propria in the specimen, and microscopic extent. We then assessed variation in the proportion of reports lacking at least 1 component across Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.
One hundred eight of 507 reports (21%) lacked at least 1 of the 4 components, with microscopic extent and presence vs absence of muscularis propria in the specimen most commonly missing (each in 11% of reports). There was wide variation across facilities in the proportion of reports lacking at least 1 component, ranging from 0% to 80%.
One-fifth of bladder cancer pathology reports lack information needed for clinical decision-making. The wide variation in incomplete report rates across facilities implies that some facilities already have implemented best practices assuring complete reporting whereas others have room for improvement. Future work to better understand barriers and facilitators of complete reporting may lead to interventions that improve bladder cancer care.