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The purpose of this study was to determine the benefits and costs to community-based primary care physicians teaching medical students in their offices. Survey data were collected from 185 preceptors between 1990 and 1996. Respondents reported increases in their enjoyment of the practice of medicine (82%), time spent reviewing clinical medicine (66%),(More)
INTRODUCTION Our routine laboratory critical value notification procedure is based on a short list of six fundamental critical values. The report system for our Stat laboratory is not based on this 'short list'; instead, critical values are always reported according to the patient clinical context and the previous laboratory results. The aim of our work is(More)
BACKGROUND One of the main duties of healthcare workers is to get an appropriate use of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The aim of this study was to show how strategies can be designed and established in consensus with general practitioners (GPs) to reach an optimal laboratory test request. METHODS The laboratory serves a population of approximately(More)
To assess the presence of the potential dengue vector Aedes mediovittatus relative to other mosquito species, data were examined from 44,199 larvitraps operating between January 1984 and December 1987 in the town of Mariel, Cuba. Of 1,068 larvitraps containing mosquitoes, 626 (58.6%) were positive for Ae. mediovittatus. Its relative presence increased each(More)
BACKGROUND The eradication of errors regarding patients' identification is one of the main goals for safety improvement. As clinical laboratory intervenes in 70% of clinical decisions, laboratory safety is crucial in patient safety. We studied the number of Laboratory Information System (LIS) demographic data errors registered in our laboratory during one(More)
BACKGROUND Laboratory performance can be measured using a set of model key performance indicators (KPIs). The design and implementation of KPIs are important issues. KPI results from 7 years are reported and their implementation, monitoring, objectives, interventions, result reporting and delivery are analyzed. METHODS The KPIs of the entire laboratory(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study are to introduce the "alert value reporting" concept in primary care setting, to propose a list of chemistry and hematology alert limit tests that can be chosen for that strategy, to show how this notification procedure can be designed and established, and finally to evaluate the effectiveness and physicians'(More)
INTRODUCTION Preanalytical control and monitoring continue to be an important issue for clinical laboratory professionals. The aim of the study was to evaluate a monitoring system of preanalytical errors regarding not suitable samples for analysis, based on different indicators; to compare such indicators in different phlebotomy centres; and finally to(More)