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Direct reporting of laboratory test results to patients by mail to enhance patient safety.

Sung S, Forman-Hoffman V, Wilson MC, et al. Direct reporting of laboratory test results to patients by mail to enhance patient safety. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21(10):1075-8.

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July 26, 2006
Sung S, Forman-Hoffman V, Wilson MC, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21:1075-8.

The investigators surveyed primary care physicians regarding direct notification of results for three specific diagnostic tests. They found that physicians generally favored direct reporting to patients when test results were normal, had less diagnostic severity, or had less potential for emotional impact.

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Sung S, Forman-Hoffman V, Wilson MC, et al. Direct reporting of laboratory test results to patients by mail to enhance patient safety. J Gen Intern Med. 2006;21(10):1075-8.