Episode 353: Reporting lab results - the cause of, and the solution to, the overdiagnosis problem – Part II

In episode 353, James and Mike continue to delve into the issues around lab reporting. In this part, we talk about the variation seen with every measurement. We talk about reference change values and what they mean for clinical practice. We use examples of bone density and cholesterol to explain some of the nuances and problems associated with test variance. The bottom line is that cholesterol and BMD measurements, with rare exception, are of no clinical value. Yikes!

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