Research Article

Use of biochemical profile in children's hospital: results of two controlled trials.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: (Published 21 June 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:662
  1. J V Leonard,
  2. B E Clayton,
  3. 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.