Journal article

Understanding the adoption and use of point-of-care tests in Dutch general practices using multi-criteria decision analysis

Michelle MA Kip, J Marjan Hummel, Elra B Eppink, Hendrik Koffijberg, Rogier M Hopstaken, Maarten J IJzerman, Ron Kusters

BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The increasing number of available point-of-care (POC) tests challenges clinicians regarding decisions on which tests to use, how to efficiently use them, and how to interpret the results. Although POC tests may offer benefits in terms of low turn-around-time, improved patient's satisfaction, and health outcomes, only few are actually used in clinical practice. Therefore, this study aims to identify which criteria are, in general, important in the decision to implement a POC test, and to determine their weight. Two POC tests available for use in Dutch general practices (i.e. the C-reactive protein (CRP) test and the glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) test) serve as case studies. The in..

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