Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Friday, March 14, 2014

Doctors often uncertain in ordering and interpreting lab tests

A survey of primary care physicians suggests they often face uncertainty in ordering and interpreting clinical laboratory tests, and would welcome better electronic clinical decision support tools.

The results of the survey, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were published in the March-April issue of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

“The optimal testing pathways to arrive at correct diagnoses is changing, so it is difficult for primary care physicians to keep up with new and efficient testing algorithms.”

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Doctors often uncertain in ordering, interpreting lab tests

Source: UIC
Image credits: Amanda Mills

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