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National Minimum Re?testing Interval Project: A final report detailing consensus recommendations for minimum re?testing intervals for use in Clinical Biochemistry

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Last updated:1st Jan 2013

There is currently a drive in pathology to harmonise processes and remove unnecessary waste, thereby saving money. At a time when many trusts are implementing electronic requesting of laboratory tests, which allows the requestor and the laboratory to manage what is requested, there needs to be a solution to support this process based on the best available evidence. Similar type initiatives have been reported including the work of the Pathology Harmony Group and the recent proposal to standardise test profiles. How often a test should be repeated, if at all, should be based upon a number of criteria: the physiological properties, biological half?life, analytical aspects, treatment and monitoring requirements, and established guidance. This report proposes a set of consensus recommendations from the laboratory medicine perspective.


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