Quality and safety in outpatient laboratory testing

Clin Lab Med. 2008 Jun;28(2):295-303, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2007.12.008.


Interactions between the laboratory and outpatient physician are critical to ensure the appropriateness, accuracy, and utility of laboratory results. A recent Institute of Medicine report suggested that the consequences of medical errors in the outpatient setting-and the opportunities to improve-"may dwarf those in hospitals." This article focuses on the role of the physician's office in laboratory quality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / standards*
  • Humans
  • Laboratories / standards*
  • Physicians' Offices / standards*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods*
  • Safety*