23 Dec 2020
by K Hedgethorne

P06 To comment or not to comment A review of Duty Biochemist commenting practices for primary care

A common dilemma faced by Clinical Biochemistry teams when establishing commenting practices is whether primary care requestors would like us to prioritise the speed of reporting abnormal results or the addition of interpretive comments to aid diagnosis and further investigation. Reported here are the findings of a GP survey completed as part of an ongoing review of the commenting practices at Derriford Combined Laboratory, which aimed to find a consensus from our users regarding the processing of abnormal sodium, potassium, and calcium results. The results show that although speed of reporting is often preferred to the addition of interpretive comments, surveys such as these are useful to identify those results where primary care requestors would value input from the Duty Biochemist to aid patient management.


K Hedgethorne