A small change could bring efficiencies to pathology test requests


THE ISSUE

THE RACGP Standards 4th edition requires that referrals, including requests for investigations, include sufficient information to facilitate optimal patient care, including details of the purpose of the referral.

Despite this, pathology practices report that most requests from GPs contain no clinical details. This hampers the provision of useful reports and increases the risk of adverse outcomes.

If the result is outside the reference range and the GP has not provided

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