Laboratory Tests

Laboratory Tests

Laboratory tests are valuable in diagnosis and treatment – but are usually more informative than diagnostic, so need to be used in conjunction with history and physical.

Rising cost of heathcare raises questions about necessity of many laboratory tests  need strategies to optimise use of the tests. Indiscriminate use of laboratory tests  inconvenience to patient and increases cost of care.

Normal values- need to be checked against locally accepted norms
Used for:
• diagnostic assistance
• screening
• monitoring


Requisition form
Only form of communication for requesting a test  accuracy essential. Used to request specific test(s) and includes patient information (name, ID number, date of birth, clinicians name)

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