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Web Site Demystifies Lab Tests

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, August 03, 2008 | 0 comments

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Nonprofit aims to educate consumers about the meaning of various medical screenings

Many of us are sent to the lab to have tests, but often the results that come back from these tests are poorly explained and mysterious. That's why the American Association for Clinical Chemistry has started a Web site called Lab Tests Online.
On the site, people can find information on about 250 of the most common lab tests, scroll through easy-to-understand explanations of conditions and diseases, and review outlines for general screening protocols and recommendations according to their age.
Dufour noted that although the site is written for the lay public in mind, they've found that one-quarter to one-third of users are, in fact, health-care professionals.

"And we actually have a lot of doctors who are referring patients to the site," noted Linzer. "And as a consequence, we've gotten comments back from patients that now that they have this information, they are able to go and talk more intelligently to their doctors. So, we think, in the end, that this is a site that both patients and doctors have come to appreciate."

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