Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process

Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process, a toolkit from AHRQ, improves the safety and accuracy of the diagnostic testing process in primary care settings.

The step-by-step guide, an update of a 2013 AHRQ toolkit, can help primary care teams assess how laboratory tests are managed and how the process flows from ordering to followup. Approximately 40 percent of medical office visits involve diagnostic testing, with more than 2 billion lab tests performed annually in the United States, predominantly in ambulatory care settings.

The majority of errors that occur in lab testing are related to communication breakdowns.

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Page last reviewed January 2018
Page originally created January 2018
Internet Citation: Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process. Content last reviewed January 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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