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Article: Unnecessary repeat requesting of tests: an audit in a government hospital immunology laboratory

TitleUnnecessary repeat requesting of tests: an audit in a government hospital immunology laboratory
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Issue Date2005
PublisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jcp.bmjjournals.com/
Citation
Journal of Clinical Pathology, 2005, v. 58 n. 5, p. 457-462 How to Cite?
AbstractUnnecessary repeat requesting of tests can make up a large proportion of a laboratory’s workload. This audit set out to establish the size of this problem and to identify the circumstances under which these repeat requests were made in a government tertiary hospital immunology laboratory. The numbers of tests for immunoglobulin measurement, common autoantibodies, and tumour markers that were repeated over a 12 month period were analysed by interrogating the Delphic laboratory computer system using a management information system for raw data enquiry protocol. Repeat requests within 12 weeks of a previous request made up 16.78% of the total workload. The total cost of the tests was estimated at US$ 132 151. The waste of technician time and reagents as a result of unnecessary repeat testing is excessive. Many of these tests might be eliminated with the use of interventions such as computerised reminders.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43594
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dc.contributor.authorKwok, JSYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJones, BMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:49:53Z-
dc.date.available2007-03-23T04:49:53Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Clinical Pathology, 2005, v. 58 n. 5, p. 457-462en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0021-9746en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43594-
dc.description.abstractUnnecessary repeat requesting of tests can make up a large proportion of a laboratory’s workload. This audit set out to establish the size of this problem and to identify the circumstances under which these repeat requests were made in a government tertiary hospital immunology laboratory. The numbers of tests for immunoglobulin measurement, common autoantibodies, and tumour markers that were repeated over a 12 month period were analysed by interrogating the Delphic laboratory computer system using a management information system for raw data enquiry protocol. Repeat requests within 12 weeks of a previous request made up 16.78% of the total workload. The total cost of the tests was estimated at US$ 132 151. The waste of technician time and reagents as a result of unnecessary repeat testing is excessive. Many of these tests might be eliminated with the use of interventions such as computerised reminders.en_HK
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dc.publisherB M J Publishing Group. The Journal's web site is located at http://jcp.bmjjournals.com/en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Clinical Pathology. Copyright © B M J Publishing Group.en_HK
dc.subject.meshDiagnostic tests, routine - utilizationen_HK
dc.subject.meshLaboratories, hospital - utilizationen_HK
dc.subject.meshMedical audit - methodsen_HK
dc.subject.meshUnnecessary procedures - utilizationen_HK
dc.subject.meshTumor markers, biological - analysisen_HK
dc.titleUnnecessary repeat requesting of tests: an audit in a government hospital immunology laboratoryen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0021-9746&volume=58&issue=5&spage=457&epage=462&date=2005&atitle=Unnecessary+repeat+requesting+of+tests:+an+audit+in+a+government+hospital+immunology+laboratoryen_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jcp.2004.021691en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid15858114-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC1770647-
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