Web Site Offers ‘Succinct Reports’ on Lab Tests
A Web site can help patients determine the purposes, limitations, and "sometimes, the meaning" of lab test results, the Washington Post/Detroit News reports. The Web site, www.labtestsonline.org
-- a "masterfully simple page" -- allows patients to search for lab tests by name or by the condition or disease. Although the Web site tends to "under-specify" numbers considered low, normal or high, the site offers "succinct reports" for most lab tests. Several professional groups, led by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, "bac[k] the Web site. According to the Post/News, the site "appears to be a public service seeking visibility for the industry" and includes peer-reviewed material (Stoltz, Washington Post/Detroit News, 8/15).