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Best practice in primary care pathology: Review 4

Lookup NU author(s): Jennifer Forth, Dr Peter Carey


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This fourth best practice review examines four series of common primary care questions in laboratory medicine are examined in this review: (1) safety monitoring for three common drugs; (2) use of prostate-specific antigen; (3) investigation of vaginal discharge; and (4) investigation of subfertility. The review is presented in question-answer format, referenced for each question series. The recommendations represent a precis of the guidance found using a standardised literature search of national and international guidance notes, consensus statements, health policy documents and evidence-based medicine reviews, supplemented by Medline Embase searches to identify relevant primary research documents. They are not standards but form a guide to be set in the clinical context. Most of them are consensus based rather than evidence based. They will be updated periodically to take account of new information.

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Author(s): Smellie WSA, Forth J, Sundar S, Kalu E, McNulty CAM, Sherriff E, Watson ID, Croucher C, Reynolds TM, Carey PJ

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2006

Volume: 59

Issue: 9

Pages: 893-902

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.2005.035212

PubMed id: 16714397