Routine feedback to GPs who request microbiological tests is effective

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1481b (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1481
  1. Alasdair P Macgowan,
  2. Raymond Feeney,
  3. Ingrid Brown,
  4. Sue Mcculloch,
  5. David Reeves,
  6. Andrew Lovering
  1. Consultant medical microbiologist Research scientist Research fellow Senior medical laboratory scientific officer Professor of medical microbiology Clinical scientist Department of Medical Microbiology, Southmead Health Services NHS Trust, Bristol BS10 5NB

    EDITOR,—Ron A G Winkens and colleagues report a scheme in Maastricht whereby general practitioners are given feedback about tests that they request.1 This provides a good solution to the increasing demands on haematology and chemical pathology laboratories that occur as a result of increasing numbers of requests for tests from the community. The authors give little information, however, on requests for bacteriological, serological, and virological tests. The impact of strategies to manage the demand for tests is poorly studied in microbiology compared with haematology and chemical pathology. …

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