Post-analytical issues in the clinical laboratory

Christopher R. McCudden, Monte Willis

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The final part of the laboratory testing process is known as the " Post-Analytical Phase.” In this phase, lab results are communicated to physicians. While the mechanisms of communication vary from verbal to digital, the end goal remains the same: provide accurate, timely, informative results to the physician. Although physicians are on the receiving end of this process, it may remain a bit of a black box. Common questions include: Why is this test taking so long? Why did the reference interval change since last time? Why is the lab calling me? How do I interpret a modest change in a result over time?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Core Laboratory Testing
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781489977946
ISBN (Print)9781489977922
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    McCudden, C. R., & Willis, M. (2016). Post-analytical issues in the clinical laboratory. In Clinical Core Laboratory Testing (pp. 77-96). Springer US.