We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us
RANDOX LABORATORIES

Download Mobile App




Events

ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.
20 Oct 2021 - 22 Oct 2021
21 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021
Virtual Venue

AACC: Better Quality and Patient-Friendliness Needed in Direct Testing

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 10 Aug 2015
Print article
In a new position statement on direct-to-consumer (DTC) laboratory testing, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC; Washington DC, USA) emphasizes the need for patient-friendly reports and for sufficient transparency about quality of tests and results.

DTC testing allows people to order medical tests directly from a lab, without going through their healthcare provider. Noting the paradigm shift among consumers seeking greater control over their own healthcare, AACC has issued a position statement that emphasizes DTC test results must be accurate and easily understood—an area where laboratory medicine professionals play a vital role.

State laws have limited to physicians the ordering of lab tests, but as people have become more engaged in managing their own healthcare, this model has begun to change. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia permit consumers to order some or all of their laboratory tests without involvement of a physician. Individuals can also buy over-the-counter test kits or get laboratory services from non-traditional settings such as retail centers. These DTC lab tests can provide invaluable information to individuals about their health status in a timely and convenient manner. However, many healthcare providers and policymakers are concerned that some of these tests may be of questionable quality and value, or that consumers might not have enough background knowledge to make sound decisions based on their test results.

To enhance patient benefit, AACC urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require that DTC testing providers disclose sufficient information about their products and services, enabling consumers to make well-informed decisions. These providers should provide: user-friendly descriptions of risks, benefits, and limitations of all tests offered; clear and understandable reports of test results, with enough information to assist in decision-making; prominent instructions to contact a qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns; and a comprehensive, public listing of tests offered and prices charged.

Laboratory medicine professionals are integral to this consumer-driven process. AACC encourages lab professionals to collaborate with federal agencies to inform the public about the costs, benefits, interpretation, and limitations of DTC tests. Likewise, consumers should consult qualified professionals in making decisions about their healthcare.

“DTC laboratory testing is a key element of ongoing efforts to empower people in decisions affecting their healthcare,” said AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman, “AACC supports expanding consumer access to high-quality DTC testing services, and urges policymakers to ensure that these services have demonstrated clinical validity and utility and make a positive impact on patient outcomes.”

Related Links:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
AACC position statement on direct-to-consumer testing


New
Gold Supplier
Fully Automated ELISA Workstation
EUROLabWorkstation ELISA
New
Gold Supplier
Centrifuge
Multifuge X4 Pro Centrifuge Series
New
Laboratory Automation System
UniVerse
New
Gold Supplier
Fully Automated Batch Immunoanalyzer
Evidence+

Print article

Channels

Molecular Diagnostics

view channel
Image: The QuikRead go iFOBT is an immunochemical fecal immunochemical test for detection and quantification of human hemoglobin in feces in case of suspected bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal tract (Photo courtesy of Aidian)

Fecal Immunochemical Tubes Sourced to Analyze Gut Microbiome for CRC

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a challenging public health problem which successful treatment depends on the stage at diagnosis. Recently, CRC-specific microbiome signatures have been proposed as a marker... Read more

Hematology

view channel
Image: Bone marrow aspirate from a patient with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (Photo courtesy of Peter Maslak, MD)

Mutation Analysis Links Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma to Clonal Hematopoiesis

Peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) is a heterogeneous group of lymphoid tumors and encompass peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified (PTCL-NOS), angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), and... Read more

Industry

view channel
Image: GastroPanel Quick Test (Photo courtesy of Biohit Healthcare)

Biohit’s Innovative GastroPanel Quick Test Receives CE Mark

Biohit Healthcare’s (Helsinki, Finland) GastroPanel Quick Test, the latest innovation in its unique GastroPanel product family, is now CE marked. The GastroPanel Quick Test is intended for diagnosing... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2021 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.