Standardization of laboratory data and establishment of reference intervals in the fukuoka prefecture: A Japanese perspective

Citation
S. Kinoshita et al., Standardization of laboratory data and establishment of reference intervals in the fukuoka prefecture: A Japanese perspective, CLIN CH L M, 39(3), 2001, pp. 256-262
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Medical Research Diagnosis & Treatment
Journal title
CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1434-6621 → ACNP
Volume
39
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
256 - 262
Database
ISI
SICI code
1434-6621(200103)39:3<256:SOLDAE>2.0.ZU;2-W
Abstract
Standardization of 22 clinical chemistry analytes and five serum protein co nstituents has been performed in the Fukuoka Prefecture, which has a popula tion of approximately five million. The standardization project was establi shed to determine reference intervals for these analytes by educating physi cians, medical technologists and staff of medical institutions, and by dail y or monthly monitoring the use of common control samples through e-mail. S tandardization extended to 97% of the institutions in the prefecture. Resul ts for 14 of the 22 clinical chemistry analytes have become highly reliable and differences between institutions decreased. Standardization of other a nalytes is now in progress. Regional collaboration based on international g uidelines led to a significant improvement in interlaboratory comparability . Areas where further improvements are needed have been identified.