Episode 355: Reporting lab results – the cause of, and the solution to, the overdiagnosis problem – Part IV
In episode 355, James and Mike finish delving into the issues around lab reporting and measurements. We finally get to some potential solutions (sort of) with how to deal with the variation seen around all lab values/measurements. We focus primarily by describing the variation around the top 20-30 lab tests because there is no way to get away from the inherent biologic variation seen with all these tests. Hopefully, if one appreciates the variation, one can use good clinical skills and judgment when it comes to interpreting lab tests. Or maybe the entire podcast series just makes your blood pressure up – which as we talk about in the podcast, BP changes are difficult to evaluate.