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July 8, 1998

Accuracy of Physicians' Office Laboratory Results

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(2):129-132. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-2-jac80010

To the Editor.— On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a medical specialty organization representing 85000 family physicians, I would like to respond to the recent article regarding PT performance in POLs,1 which portrayed POLs in California as having discouraging performance in PT. The Academy has operated a federally approved PT program, AAFP-PT, since 1990 with its primary subscriber base being the small office laboratory. We believe that our program, with its subscriber base of more than 4000, is well qualified to provide contrasting data.