Research Article| Volume 5, ISSUE 4, P653-663, December 1985

Helping Physicians Use Laboratory Tests

  • Carl E. Speicher
    Corresponding author: Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Laboratories, University Hospitals, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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  • Jack W. Smith
    Instructor of Pathology, College of Medicine, and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospitals, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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      Use of the clinical laboratory can be improved by viewing laboratory tests in terms of medical problem solving instead of endless lists of tests. The authors categorize many of the clinical problems that rely heavily on laboratory testing for their solutions and suggest ways for readers to develop their own lists for their own facilities. This approach can improve the effectiveness and cost efficiency of laboratory testing.
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