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Best practice in primary care pathology: Review 2

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Desa Lilic, Dr Gavin Spickett, Dr Angela Galloway


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This second best practice review examines five series of common primary care questions in laboratory medicine: (1) laboratory testing for allergy, (2) diagnosis and monitoring of menopause, (3) the use of urine cytology, (4) the usefulness of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and (5) the investigation of possible urinary tract infection. The review is presented in a question-answer format. The recommendations represent a preĢcis of 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 standards but form a guide to be set in the clinical context. Most are consensus rather than evidence based. They will be updated periodically to take account of new information.

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Author(s): Smellie WS, Forth JO, McNulty CAM, Hirschowitz L, Lilic D, Gosling R, Bareford D, Logan E, Kerr KG, Spickett GP, Hoffman J, Galloway A, Bloxham CA

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2006

Volume: 59

Issue: 2

Pages: 113-120

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.2005.031526

PubMed id: 16443724