The diagnostic odyssey refers to the struggle to achieve a diagnosis for a medical condition in the face of significant implications if a diagnosis is not made. It is a common experience for people living with a rare disease. Western Australia has led the way in Australia in being the first State to establish a rare disease policy framework and an Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP). The UDP includes an expert panel made up of various specialists brought together with the aim of arriving at a diagnosis through collaboration. This article looks at the possibility of enhancing initiatives such as the UDP through a legislative framework. Relieving the medical, financial and emotional implications of the diagnostic odyssey is particularly important when one considers that taken together, rare diseases affect millions of people globally.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Law and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2020|