DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER

A Professional Liability Risk

Authors

  • Sarah Dillian Cohn CNM, MSN, JD

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    • Sarah D. Cohn, CNM, MSN, JD, received her B.S.N. from Georgetown School of Nursing and her M.S.N. and C.N.M. from Yale School of Nursing. After several years of nurse-midwifery practice, she returned to school and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1983. Since then, she has been Associate Counsel for Medicolegal Affairs at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University. She holds faculty appointments at the School of Nursing and School of Medicine at Yale University.


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ABSTRACT

This article notes that liability claims of failure to diagnose breast cancer are increasing in number and seventy, at least in part because women understand that early diagnosis improves survival. Legal cases are presented that illustrate particular liability risks, and risk management recommendations are made.

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