Pathologists standardise lab test reports

GPs with red-green colour blindness can expect easier-to-read lab test results under proposed changes to pathology reporting, a conference has been told.

Rather than relying on red prints, a new style will be adopted for some reports, using multiple ways of highlighting information of interest, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) annual conference has heard.

This may include red print plus an ‘H’ for high and an ‘L’ for low results, making it easier for everyone to get the most out of reports, says Dr Michael Legg, chair of the RCPA informatics