Journal article

The effectiveness of a routine versus an extensive laboratory analysis in the diagnosis of anaemia in general practice

Annemarie Schop, Michelle MA Kip, Karlijn Stouten, Soraya Dekker, Jurgen Riedl, Ron J van Houten, Joost van Rosmalen, Geert-Jan Dinant, Maarten J Ijzerman, Hendrik Koffijberg, Patrick JE Bindels, Ron Kusters, Mark-David Levin

ANNALS OF CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background We investigated the percentage of patients diagnosed with the correct underlying cause of anaemia by general practitioners when using an extensive versus a routine laboratory work-up. Methods An online survey was distributed among 836 general practitioners. The survey consisted of six cases, selected from an existing cohort of anaemia patients ( n = 3325). In three cases, general practitioners were asked to select the laboratory tests for further diagnostic examination from a list of 14 parameters (i.e. routine work-up). In the other three cases, general practitioners were presented with all 14 laboratory test results available (i.e. extensive work-up). General practitioners were ..

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