The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has helped develop synoptic reports
for cancers in different organ systems.
Following adoption of the synoptic report, there was also an increase in the detection rates of LVI, EMVI, and PNI (all P < .
However, once a synoptic report was adopted, there were no differences in the completeness of reporting of any element between GI and non-GI pathologists.
03) than non-GI pathologists using the narrative format, and were more likely to report the detection of EMVI even after the adoption of a synoptic report (25.
Central nervous system tumors are difficult to report with a universal synoptic report designed for another organ system for which the TNM classification system is used.
In reality, including many of these data points in a neuropathology synoptic report would not be as onerous a task for neuropathologists as it might be for surgical pathologists--if required to record the presenting symptoms for every patient with a cholecystectomy specimen--because neuropathologists would have already collected this information.
All of the data elements necessary to generate a complete pathology report are contained in the synoptic report form.
Data elements that are missing from the synoptic report form are .
So, although the pathologists reported that synoptic reports took longer than narrative reports, the end users of the reports did not perceive a difference in the time required to obtain the report.
Results showed a moderately strong positive relationship between respondents' perceptions of overall satisfaction with the level of information provided in synoptic reports and respondents' perceptions of the completeness of the reports for clinical decision making (r = 0.
Standardization of the surgical pathology report: formats, templates, and synoptic reports
Many institutions began developing their own synoptic reports
, or checklists, often using CAP's protocols as a reference tool.