Bridging the Gap
Patient-centered pathology from the perspective of someone who has been on both sides of the laboratory bench
Linda Sejour |
Experiencing patient-centered care
I first encountered patient-centered care when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. I had been working in the histology department at Moffitt Cancer Center for two years when I received the news. I had just had a mammogram at another facility and was given the all-clear, but my supervisor at Moffitt urged me to get another mammogram there, and that second test found cancer. I was shocked. For a brief moment, I thought it might be a false positive – but it wasn’t. After further testing, I had all the faith in the world that my diagnosis was accurate, because I know how personally the pathologists at my institution take each slide they review. Every pathologist I know wants to find disease, treat it, and stop it in its tracks. They all want to save their patients’ lives.
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