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Red blood cell morphology reporting: how much is a waste of time?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21088617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Red blood cell morphology (RBC-M) reporting is a routine requirement for hospital laboratories when reporting complete blood counts. However, there is little evidence that RBC-M reporting is useful to pediatric clinicians. We surveyed pediatric hematology specialists and nonspecialists at the BC Children's Hospital (Vancouver, Canada), to evaluate the perceived clinical utility of this reporting. Although a large majority of pediatric clinicians refer to RBC-M reports in their clinical practice, less than half consider these reports to be clinically useful. Hematology specialists were more likely than nonspecialists to identify individual RBC-M descriptions as clinically useful. Some RBC-M descriptions, such as anisocytosis, were considered not useful by specialists and by nonspecialists. A large proportion of nonspecialist respondents noted that they did not know the clinical significance of some of the RBC-M terms. Educational initiatives to inform nonspecialists about the clinical significance of some RBC-M descriptions should be considered. A few RBC-M descriptions are not clinically useful to either specialists or nonspecialists, and these could be omitted from RBC-M reports as a step toward improved hematology laboratory reporting.
Jason C Ford; Ruth Milner; David B Dix
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1536-3678     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Hematol. Oncol.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-23     Completed Date:  2011-02-18     Revised Date:  2012-04-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505928     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Hematol Oncol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cell Shape*
Erythrocyte Count
Erythrocytes / cytology*
Hematology / methods*
Time Factors
Comment In:
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Apr;34(3):244   [PMID:  21716136 ]

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