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The TRUE value of the #Medlab Profession

The (True) Value of Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory medicine is often misquoted as having a role in 70 percent of clinical decisions – but how can we measure the true value, and more importantly, how can we improve it?

At a Glance

  • The common claim that laboratory medicine has a role in 70 percent of clinical decisions may not be as accurate as many believe
  • The IFCC task force, which evaluates the evidence supporting laboratory medicine’s role in healthcare, has devised principles for establishing the value of individual tests
  • Inaccurate results are cause for concern, but factors like not receiving test results on time can cause even more harm
  • Outcome studies are needed to better evaluate the benefits of new and existing tests.
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