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Evidence-based principles in pathology: existing problem areas and the development of "quality" practice patterns.
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PMID:  22032565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Context.-Contrary to the intuitive impressions of many pathologists, several areas exist in laboratory medicine where evidence-based medicine (EBM) principles are not applied. These include aspects of both anatomic and clinical pathology. Some non-EBM practices are perpetuated by clinical "consumers" of laboratory services because of inadequate education, habit, or overreliance on empirical factors. Other faulty procedures are driven by pathologists themselves. Objectives.-To consider (1) several selected problem areas representing non-EBM practices in laboratory medicine; such examples include ideas and techniques that concern metastatic malignancies, "targeted" oncologic therapy, general laboratory testing and data utilization, evaluation of selected coagulation defects, administration of blood products, and analysis of hepatic iron-overload syndromes; and (2) EBM principles as methods for remediation of deficiencies in hospital pathology, and implements for the construction of "quality" practices in our specialty. Data Sources.-Current English literature relating to evidence-based principles in pathology and laboratory medicine, as well as the authors' experience. Conclusions.-Evidence-based medicine holds the promise of optimizing laboratory services to produce "quality" practices in pathology. It will also be a key to restraining the overall cost of health care.
Mark R Wick; Alberto M Marchevsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1543-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1398-404     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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