Compensation claims for sub-substandard care of patients with gastroentero-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors: A nationwide descriptive study of cases between 2005-2016 in norway

Kari F. Desserud, Ida Bukholm, Jon Arne Søreide

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    Abstract

    Background: Management of patients with neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract or pancreas (GEP-NENs) poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. This study described the medico-legal claims reported to a national governmental system that oversees compensation to patients with GEP-NENs Materials and Methods: An electronic search of the Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients database was performed to identify claims evaluated between 2005-2016. The clinical information and the medico-legal evaluation were reviewed. Results: We identified seven patients, five women and two men, with a median age of 57 (range=47-73) years. Delayed diagnosis (median diagnostic delay of 18 (range=6-48) months) was the main cause for claims in six out of the seven patients). Four patients received financial compensation based on the claim judgement. Conclusion: This review of claims that were evaluated by the Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients showed that a timely diagnosis of GEP-NENs remains a clinical challenge.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5667-5671
    Number of pages5
    JournalAnticancer research
    Volume37
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 2017

    Keywords

    • Claim
    • Diagnostic delay
    • Gastroentero-pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms
    • Litigation
    • Medico-legal
    • Neuroendocrine tumors

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research

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