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We analysed by age and sex the inter-laboratory variation in submission rates and positivity rates of urine samples from primary care that were submitted to seven microbiology laboratories within the South West of England. There was an almost twofold difference between the lowest and highest submission and positivity rates across all sex and age groups.… (More)
Although guidance exists for the use of many laboratory tests in a wide range of clinical situations, this guidance is spread among a range of literature sources, and is often directed at laboratory specialists rather than test users. Individual general practices display large variations in standardised test requesting, yet much of their testing activity… (More)
Fatigue is a severe problem for many people living with Parkinson's disease (PD). Best estimates suggest that more than 50% of patients experience this debilitating symptom. Little is known about its etiology or treatment, making the understanding of fatigue a true unmet need. As part of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation Community Choice Research Program,… (More)
Centralisation of viral diagnostic services offers the potential for cost saving in laboratories, but incurs costs for transporting specimens. In a trial of 326 paired specimens, isolation rates of viruses sent by overnight post and a more expensive same-day courier service were similar.