Opinion : redefining the role of the physician in laboratory medicine in the context of emerging technologies, personalised medicine and patient autonomy (‘4P medicine’) / Matthias Orth, Maria Averina, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou, Gilbert Faure, Alexander Haushofer, Vesna Kusec, Augusto Machado, Siraj A. Misbah, Wytze Oosterhuis, Kari Pulkki, Patrick J. Twomey, Eberhard Wieland

The role of clinical pathologists or laboratory-based physicians is being challenged on several fronts—exponential advances in technology, increasing patient autonomy exercised in the right to directly request tests and the use of non-medical specialists as substitutes. In response, clinical pathologists have focused their energies on the pre-analytical and postanalytical phases of Laboratory Medicine thus emphasising their essential role in individualised medical interpretation of complex laboratory results. Across the European Union, the role of medical doctors is enshrined in the Medical Act. This paper highlights the relevance of this act to patient welfare and the need to strengthen training programmes to prevent an erosion in the quality of Laboratory Medicine provided to patients and their physicians.

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Persons: Orth, Matthias [Author]; Averina, Maria [Author]; Chatzipanagiotou, Stylianos [Author]; Faure, Gilbert [Author]; Haushofer, Alexander [Author]; Kusec, Vesna [Author]; Machado, Augusto [Author]; Misbah, Siraj A. [Author]; Oosterhuis, Wytze [Author]; Pulkki, Kari [Author]; Twomey, Patrick J. [Author]; Wieland, Eberhard [Author]
Format: eArticle
Part of:Journal of clinical pathology 72(2019), 3, Seite 191-197
Subjects:chemical pathology
laboratory management
medical education
Notes:Published online: 22 December 2017
Gesehen am 11.11.2019
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