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Comment & Response
March 2018

Evidence-Based Guidelines to Eliminate Repetitive Laboratory Testing?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2Section Acute Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 3Julius Center for Primary Care and Health Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(3):431. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8522

To the Editor In a Special Communication published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Eaton and colleagues1 claim to offer an evidence-based blueprint for reducing inappropriate laboratory testing among hospitalized patients. This article encourages action by presenting examples of successful projects. We question, however, the conclusion that multimodal strategies containing education, auditing, and feedback, and modifications to the electronic medical record (EMR) are most effective.

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