Direct reporting of laboratory test results to patients by mail to enhance patient safety.
Approach to Improving Safety
- Clinical Misdiagnosis
- Diagnostic Test Interpretation Error
- Psychological and Social Complications
- Missed or Critical Lab Results
Setting of Care
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.