Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

Published in Association with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM)

Editor-in-Chief: Plebani, Mario

Ed. by Gillery, Philippe / Lackner, Karl J. / Lippi, Giuseppe / Melichar, Bohuslav / Payne, Deborah A. / Schlattmann, Peter / Tate, Jillian R.

12 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 3.432

CiteScore 2016: 2.21

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 1.000
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 1.112

Online
ISSN
1437-4331
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 47, Issue 8 (Aug 2009)

Issues

Quality of interpretative commenting on common clinical chemistry results in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa

Samuel D. Vasikaran
  • Department of Core Clinical Pathology and Biochemistry, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA, Australia
  • School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA, Australia
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Leslie C. Lai / Sunil Sethi / Joseph B. Lopez
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences, MAHSA University College, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Other articles by this author:
  • De Gruyter OnlineGoogle Scholar
/ Kenneth A. Sikaris
Published Online: 2009-07-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2009.225

Abstract

Background: Interpretative commenting is an important activity of the clinical diagnostic laboratory. We describe a study of interpretative commenting abilities among senior laboratory professionals in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

Methods: Five sets of laboratory results reflecting common and important problems encountered in clinical chemistry were distributed at 4-weekly intervals to 31 registered participants from countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Participants were asked to attach an interpretative comment to the results assuming that the requesting doctor had asked for an interpretation of the result.

Results: Twelve pathologists and 19 scientists from seven countries registered to participate and the overall reply rate was ∼50% for the five cases. The quality of the comments returned by participants was diverse and some reflected incorrect or misleading interpretation and advice.

Conclusions: While interpretative commenting is an important laboratory activity, the results of this study suggest that there is room for improvement in the quality of interpretative comments offered by senior laboratory professionals, even for commonly reported results relating to most prevalent and important public health conditions. Interpretative commenting should be formally taught during training of pathologists and scientists, and continuing professional development in this area is required for the provision of a quality interpretative service.

Clin Chem Lab Med 2009;47:963–70.

Keywords: continuing professional development; interpretative commenting; narrative interpretations; post-analytic; quality assessment

About the article

Corresponding author: Dr. Samuel D. Vasikaran, Department of Core Clinical Pathology and Biochemistry, Royal Perth Hospital, Box X2213 GPO, Perth, WA 6847, Australia Phone: +61 8 9224 2453, Fax: +61 8 9224 1789,


Received: 2009-04-15

Accepted: 2009-05-25

Published Online: 2009-07-10

Published in Print: 2009-08-01


Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2009.225.

Export Citation

©2009 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin New York. Copyright Clearance Center

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
Attila Bezzegh, Ildikó Takács, and Éva Ajzner
Clinical Biochemistry, 2017, Volume 50, Number 10-11, Page 612
[2]
[3]
Ian Louis Ross, Naomi S. Levitt, and Saeed Dastgiri
PLoS ONE, 2013, Volume 8, Number 1, Page e53526
[4]
Mario Plebani
Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 2016, Volume 53, Number 3, Page 184
[5]
Mario Plebani
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 2013, Volume 51, Number 1
[7]
Elizabeth M. Van Cott
Clinica Chimica Acta, 2014, Volume 427, Page 188
[8]
Kristin M. Aakre, Wytze P. Oosterhuis, and Sverre Sandberg
Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, 2012, Volume 72, Number 2, Page 143
[9]
Mario Plebani and Giuseppe Lippi
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 2010, Volume 48, Number 4
[10]
A. S. Kanagasabapathy
Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 2010, Volume 25, Number 1, Page 1

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in