Publications & Reports
Systematic Evidence Reviews
Please review the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices’ systematic review summaries which contain the actual article published in the September 2012 Clinical Biochemistry Special Section: Evidence in Action. All articles may be viewed free of charge.
- Patient Specimen Identification - Barcoding
Effectiveness of barcoding for reducing patient specimen and laboratory testing identification errors: A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices systematic review and meta-analysis   Review completed February 2012
- Blood Culture Contamination
Effectiveness of practices to reduce blood culture contamination: A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices systematic review and meta-analysis   Review completed February 2012
- Critical Value Test Result Reporting
Effectiveness of automated notification and customer service call centers for timely and accurate reporting of critical values: A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices systematic review and meta-analysis   Review completed February 2012
- Hemolyzed Blood Samples
Effectiveness of practices to reduce blood sample hemolysis in EDs: A Laboratory Medicine Best Practices systematic review and meta-analysis   Review completed February 2012
Also available in this Evidence in Action special section are a Preamble by Rob Christenson and a Commentary by Christopher Price.
Other Peer-Reviewed Publications
An article written by Colleen Shaw and Diana Mass, "Evidence to Practice: Building the Evidence for Quality Improvement in Laboratory Medicine", appears in the Q3 Issue, 2012, of Clinical Leadership and Management Review, the flagship publication of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association.
Laboratory Medicine Best Practices: Systematic Evidence Review and Evaluation Methods for Quality Improvement. The LMBP approach to conducting systematic evidence reviews has been published in Clinical Chemistry. Click here to access a PDF of Christenson RH, Snyder SR, Shaw CS, Derzon JH, Black RS, Mass D, Epner P, Favoretto AM, and Liebow EB. Laboratory Medicine Best Practices: Systematic Evidence Review and Evaluation Methods for Quality Improvement, Clinical Chemistry, 2011 June;57(6):816-25. Epub 2011 Apr 22.
LMBP Technical Report: The complete Technical Report describing our revised methods and findings for three topic areas, patient specimen and identification, critical value reporting, and blood culture contamination, is now available. To read only the executive summary, click here. For the full report, click here.
2008-2009 Status Report: CDC commissioned The Lewin Group, under subcontract to Battelle Memorial Institute, to produce a comprehensive overview of the current state of laboratory medicine. The report provides a detailed overview of the key factors affecting laboratory medicine.
Phase 1 Final Report: This report summarizes the first two phases of the CDC/Battelle project. The report describes the initial development of a systematic, evidence-based approach for making best practice recommendations.
2007 Proficiency Testing Report: This report assesses proficiency testing (PT) in relation to the regulatory, educational, and quality improvement objectives of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.
LMBP in the News
ASCP Critical Values, October 2010 newsletter: Susan Snyder discusses the importance of systematic evidence reviews in improving quality in laboratory medicine.
CAP Today, August 2010: Paul Epner discusses the importance of systematic evidence reviews.
ASCP Critical Values, Jan 2010 Newsletter: Paul Epner provides an update of the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Project.
Have a comment on any of the above reports? Please let us know here.