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Journal Article

Electronic detection of delayed test result follow-up in patients with hypothyroidism.

Meyer AND, Murphy DR, Al-Mutairi A, et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2017;32.

Trigger tools facilitate identification of adverse events. In this retrospective medical record review study, investigators found that an automated trigger successfully identified delayed follow-up of laboratory thyroid testing among patients with hypothyroidism, with a positive predictive value of 60%. The authors suggest that this trigger approach could be used to detect and ameliorate follow-up delays in real time.