To assess the clinical and economic impact of surgery based near patient testing in general practice for six commonly used biochemical and bacteriological tests.
Design-After four months' monitoring, equipment for two bacteriological and four biochemical tests was introduced without cost into 12 practices using a crossover design.
Structured request forms were used to monitor laboratory investigations.
Setting-12 general practices in west midlands and south west Thames with list sizes above 9000.
Main outcome measures-Investigation rates per 1000 consultations.
Changes from baseline rates.
Reasons for requesting investigations and provisional diagnoses.
Cost per test and sensitivity of costs to rate of use.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Organisation santé, Exploration, Homme, Médecine générale, Matériel technique, Analyse biochimique, Aspect économique, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Public health organization, Exploration, Human, Internal medicine, Technical equipment, Biochemical analysis, Economic aspect, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0001040
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.