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The Classic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Optimizing Laboratory Testing for Hematologic Disorders Series

Why Do We Have Test Utilization Issues?

Slide 6

October 2011

Test utilization issues also come about because of the realities within today’s clinical practices. There are certainly varying levels of understanding how to use hematologic associated assays amongst clinicians, even hematologists, as today’s practice has gotten significantly more complex. Also realize that patients with particular hematologic diseases may see a hematologist or internist who may not have experience with that particular disease. Probably most important is that clinical knowledge at the time of test ordering is incomplete, and a clinician is compelled to order everything because it may be the only chance to get that information. Finally, we must realize that initial laboratory studies can help narrow the diagnostic choices and the specific testing needs. If laboratories don’t have a review and ordering process in place, clinicians have no choice but to order excess testing.

Why Do We Have Test Utilization Issues?


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