- The most common reasons are convenience and fast turnaround time. Having immediate test results fosters patient engagement and satisfaction by reducing wait time and enabling practitioners to provide immediate consultations. The positive versus negative screen result is also easy for providers and patients to understand.
- Another reason is cost. In the eyes of general practitioners, it is
cheaper to purchase urinary drug test cups than to send a test to a
central or reference laboratory. However, proper pain management testing
often requires additional mass spectrometry–based drug testing.
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