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J Clin Pathol. 2006 Dec;59(12):1229-37. Epub 2006 Apr 27.

Best practice in primary care pathology: review 5.

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  • 1Department of Chemical Pathology, Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Durham, UK. info@smellie.com

Abstract

This fifth best practice review examines three series of common primary care questions in laboratory medicine: (1) minor liver function test abnormalities; (2) laboratory monitoring of patients receiving lithium; and (3) investigation of possible venous thromboembolism. The review is presented in question-answer format, referenced for each question series. The recommendations represent a precis 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 not standards but form a guide to be set in the clinical context. Most are consensus-based rather than evidence-based. They will be updated periodically to take account of new information.

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