Which variables are most associated with potentially missed appendicitis in the emergency department?

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Why is this study important?

Diagnostic errors are a source of a preventable harm, and appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency to be assessed in the emergency department (ED). Identifying factors in systematic diagnostic error in a large cohort may yield useful information to prevent future misdiagnosis of appendicitis and ultimately, prevent harm.

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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