Effect of laboratory error on the identification of persons with hypercholesterolemia in an employee health service.

Cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. Of 117 employees seen consecutively in the Tennessee State Employee Health Service voluntary screening program, 86 (74%) had cholesterol levels above the reference range reported by a commercial clinical laboratory. This was three times greater than the calculated expected number of 29 (25%, 17… (More)