Making Lab Results Meaningful for Patients
Patients are increasingly accessing their lab results through electronic medical record portals. Lab tests account for 94% of the data in a patient's health record. Pathologists and lab testing inform 70% of all medical decisions. As such, it is natural that pathologists should ensure patients and families understand their results. The shared decision model where the informed and engaged patient works with their provider to navigate this array of data and create a personalized care plan is becoming increasingly popular.
In a recent paper, ten recommendations were proposed for health systems to make lab results more understandable and actionable for patients. These include: