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November 16, 1970

Laboratory Profile Screening in Family PracticeA Five-Year Study

Author Affiliations

From the Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.

JAMA. 1970;214(7):1262-1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180070028005

Reports from private medical offices of data obtained when routine laboratory screening studies were made a part of each health evaluation have not been common. This report analyzes 2,919 laboratory profiles secured on 1,204 patients examined in a five-year period. Repeated profile screening has certain limitations but contributes much to a physician's understanding of each patient's health status. Laboratory screening is economical and should be considered along with other diagnostic and screening modalities. The pathologist skilled in laboratory medicine should be included as a member of the family physicianconsultant team in continuing and comprehensive family medical care. Routine laboratory screening, as part of each periodic health evaluation, offers the family physician a great challenge. A program of collaborative research in this aspect of laboratory medicine would appear justified.