Positive tests

Peggy Zuckerman peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 8 17:52:07 UTC 2015


There are studies which show that up to 15% of labs which indicate abnormal
findings are not conveyed to the patient.  One hopes that this info is not
always critical.

On a larger scale, when the patient never receives a copy of the labs,
there is no reason for that patient to feel at all responsible for the
numbers!  In effect, this teaches the patient that he is not responsible
for his own healthcare, with often disastrous consequences.

Of course, a patient who can compare lab results over a period of time may
note trends that are missed by the doctor's review, or note something else
that was not initially of concern during the previous appointment.  Could
be cholesterol, WBC, or platelets, when the appointment was about blood
pressure issues.

Not only should blood labs be given to patients, so should  radiology
reports.  Cannot tell you how many times patients in my kidney cancer group
indicate that there was a tumor noted on a report, but never mentioned by
the doctor. Perhaps a too-cursory look by the doctor, but such a finding
would be noted by the patient, questioned and lead to an earlier diagnosis.

Peggy Z


On Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 8:46 AM, Robert Bell <rmsbell at esedona.net> wrote:

> Many doctor's offices only call or mention to patients positive test
> results that have been undertaken (particularly lab tests). Is that a good
> thing and does it in any way impact diagnosis?
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> Also, what are the effects of the new electronic portals on diagnosis. It
> is a big change in medicine.
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