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Standardization of Laboratory Data and Establishment of Reference Intervals in the Fukuoka Prefecture: A Japanese Perspective
Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 39, Issue 3, Pages 256–262, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2001.040, June 2005
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Standardization of 22 clinical chemistry analytes and five serum protein constituents has been performed in the Fukuoka Prefecture, which has a population of approximately five million. The standardization project was established to determine reference intervals for these analytes by educating physicians, medical technologists and staff of medical institutions, and by daily or monthly monitoring the use of common control samples through e-mail. Standardization extended to 97％ of the institutions in the prefecture. Results for 14 of the 22 clinical chemistry analytes have become highly reliable and differences between institutions decreased. Standardization of other analytes is now in progress. Regional collaboration based on international guidelines led to a significant improvement in interlaboratory comparability. Areas where further improvements are needed have been identified.
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