Context. - Complex coagulation test panels ordered by clinicians are typically reported to clinicians without a patient-specific interpretive paragraph. Objectives. - To survey clinicians regarding pathologist-generated interpretations of complex laboratory testing panels and to assess the ability of the interpretations to educate test orderers. Design. - Surveys were conducted of physicians ordering complex coagulation laboratory testing that included narrative interpretation. Evaluation of order requisitions was performed to assess the interpretation's influence on ordering practices. Setting. - Physicians ordering coagulation testing at a large academic medical center hospital in Boston, Mass, large academic medical center as a reference laboratory for coagulation testing. Outcome Measures. - Physician surveys and evaluation of laboratory requisition slips. Results. - In nearly 80% of responses, the ordering clinicians perceived that the interpretive comments saved them time and improved the diagnostic process. Moreover, the interpretations were perceived by ordering clinicians to help prevent a misdiagnosis or otherwise impact the differential diagnosis in approximately 70% of responses. In addition, interpretations appeared to be able to train the ordering clinicians as to the standard ordering practices. Conclusions. - The results demonstrate physician satisfaction with an innovative information delivery approach that provides laboratory diagnostic interpretation and test-ordering education to clinicians in the context of their daily workflow.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology