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Comment & Response
May 3, 2016

The Undiagnosed Diseases Program

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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JAMA. 2016;315(17):1903-1904. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0443

To the Editor We have some concerns and questions related to the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) described by Dr Gahl and colleagues.1 The stated purpose of this program was to evaluate “patients and families for whom medicine has failed to provide a diagnosis.”1 However, it is not clear that this program is meeting the intended goals. Despite a significant investment of time and money, many patients remain undiagnosed because of long wait times, limited program accessibility, and low diagnostic output.

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