Test Utilization Resources for Clinicians
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What are Algorithms?
An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure to guide clinicians and laboratorians in appropriate laboratory test ordering. A diagnosis algorithm may specify particular laboratory tests to order given certain circumstances and a decision sequence based on certain results of these tests. Algorithms are available as printable PDF documents and in an interactive format.
How do I use Algorithms?
Insights gained from algorithms should be shared with clinicians as a way to improve patient care, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.
How Can I Share Algorithms with Colleagues?
This information can be shared with colleagues by clicking the “email page” button at the top of the search results page or by forwarding the link to the PDF document.
Thyroid Function Ordering Algorithm
Mayo Medical Laboratories generally recommends the use of the Thyroid Function Ordering algorithm for initial workup of non-hospitalized patients with suspected thyroid disease.
Primarily driven by the initial TSH measurement, the algorithm is a cost-effective way to efficiently evaluate and monitor functional thyroid status.
Connective Tissue Diseases Cascade Test-Ordering Algorithm
The Connective Tissue Diseases Cascade is designed to assist clinicians when treating patients who have systemic Rheumatic disease, but in whom the clinical symptoms are not sufficient to narrow it down to a differential diagnoses.