Evaluation of techniques for the presentation of laboratory data: support of pattern recognition

Methods Inf Med. 2000 Mar;39(1):88-92.


Two tabular and two graphical techniques for the presentation of laboratory test results were compared in a reaction-time experiment with 22 volunteers. The experimental setup was designed to determine whether one or more of the presentation techniques facilitated the recognition of four predefined combinations of abnormal test results. Using a conventional, tabular presentation technique as a reference, faster median response times were obtained with each of the other three presentation techniques, irrespective of pattern. The effect on accuracy was less clear, possibly due to the small number of errors made.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Information Systems*
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Data Collection*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted
  • Humans
  • Software
  • Software Design