Effect of enhanced feedback and brief educational reminder messages on laboratory test requesting in primary care: a cluster randomised trial.

@article{Thomas2006EffectOE,
  title={Effect of enhanced feedback and brief educational reminder messages on laboratory test requesting in primary care: a cluster randomised trial.},
  author={Ruth E Thomas and Bernard Lewis Croal and Craig R. Ramsay and Martin Paul Eccles and Jeremy M. Grimshaw},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2006},
  volume={367 9527},
  pages={1990-6}
}
BACKGROUND Laboratory services play an important part in screening, diagnosis, and management of patients within primary care. However, unnecessary use of laboratory tests is increasing. Our aim was to assess the effect of two interventions on the number of laboratory tests requested by primary-care physicians. METHODS We did a cluster randomised controlled trial using a 2x2 factorial design, involving 85 primary-care practices (370 family practitioners) that request all laboratory tests from… CONTINUE READING

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