Background: Patients, who have spent many years without a proper diagnosis present an extraordinary problem to health care providers and to the healthcare system as a whole. A long ‘diagnostic journey’ increases the risk of disease chronification, as well as the number of therapy attempts, which could lead to iatrogenic impairment. New resources and specialized health care departments are being developed to help and support this patient group. One example of such department is the Interdisciplinary Competence Unit for Patients without a Diagnosis at the center for rare diseases in Bonn (ZSEB), Germany. Objective: To shed light on the current health care management of patients without a diagnosis and to present an established directive to optimize the care for this patient group, as practiced at the InterPoD. Methods: Showcase of directives and advice for the health care management of long-term patients without a diagnosis. Results: Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics based on the treated patient collective at the InterPoD along with their directives, from the years 2014 to 2016. Discussion: The descriptive statistics and the increasing number of treated patients are a first indication of the usefulness of InterPoD-related processes.
|Translated title of the contribution||On the fast track to diagnosis: Recommendations for patients without a diagnosis|
|Journal||Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 01.05.2017|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)