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dc.contributor.authorVasikaran, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorSikaris, Kenneth
dc.contributor.authorKilpatrick, Eric
dc.contributor.authorFrench, Jane
dc.contributor.authorBadrick, Tony
dc.contributor.authorOsypiw, Jacqui
dc.contributor.authorPlebani, Mario
dc.description.abstractThe provision of interpretative advice on laboratory results is a post-analytic activity and an integral part of clinical laboratory services. It is valued by healthcare workers and has the potential to prevent or reduce errors and improve patient outcomes. It is important to ensure that interpretative comments provided by laboratory personnel are of high quality: comments should be patient-focused and answer the implicit or explicit question raised by the requesting clinician. Comment providers need to be adequately trained and qualified and be able to demonstrate their proficiency to provide advice on laboratory reports. External quality assessment (EQA) schemes can play a part in assessing and demonstrating the competence of such laboratory staff and have an important role in their education and continuing professional development. A standard structure is proposed for EQA schemes for interpretative comments in clinical chemistry, which addresses the scope and method of assessment including nomenclature and marking scales. There is a need for evidence that participation in an EQA program for interpretative commenting facilitates improved quality of comments. It is proposed that standardizing goals and methods of assessment as well as nomenclature and marking scales may help accumulate evidence to demonstrate the impact of participation in EQA for interpretative commenting on patient outcome.en_US
dc.publisherDe Gruyteren_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsMedical Laboratory Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsclinical chemistryen_US
dc.subject.keywordscontinuing professional developmenten_US
dc.titleAssuring the quality of interpretative comments in clinical chemistryen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationVasikaran, S; Sikaris, K; Kilpatrick, E; French, J; Badrick, T; Osypiw, J; Plebani, M, Assuring the quality of interpretative comments in clinical chemistry, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 2016, 54 (12), pp. 1901-1911en_US
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