Journal article

Assuring the quality of interpretative comments in clinical chemistry

Samuel Vasikaran, Kenneth Sikaris, Eric Kilpatrick, Jane French, Tony Badrick, Jacqui Osypiw, Mario Plebani

Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine | WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH | Published : 2016


The provision of interpretative advice on laboratory results is a post-analytic activity and an integral part of clinical laboratory services. It is valued by healthcare workers and has the potential to prevent or reduce errors and improve patient outcomes. It is important to ensure that interpretative comments provided by laboratory personnel are of high quality: comments should be patient-focused and answer the implicit or explicit question raised by the requesting clinician. Comment providers need to be adequately trained and qualified and be able to demonstrate their proficiency to provide advice on laboratory reports. External quality assessment (EQA) schemes can play a part in assessin..

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