Use of biochemical profile in children's hospital: results of two controlled trials.Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5972.662 (Published 21 June 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:662
- J V Leonard,
- B E Clayton,
- J R Colley
Two controlled trials of the use of a biochemical profile were conducted in a childern's hospital to see whether the profile led to diagnoses which would not otherwise [have been made and to see what effect it had on the number of extra requests for pathololgical investigations and the length of stay in hospital]. Altogether 2816 children were examined and 13 new diagnoses made. There was a significant increases in the total number of pathorequests but the profile did not alter the length of stay in hospital. We conclude that the profile mad only a small contribtuion to the overall care of the pateints.