Effect of an Educational Meeting on the Understanding of the Results of Laboratory Tests

Communication, joint evaluation and patient understanding of laboratory test results represent frequent and relevant processes in primary care, mainly aimed at the management of chronic diseases and therefore involving a mostly elderly population (1). These processes are influenced by the physician's communication characteristics, by the type of results to be communicated, by the organizational model of communication, as well as by numerous factors of the patient such as age, literacy, expectations, emotional state (2-5). Factors belonging to the patient's sphere affect the timing of the request for evaluation (5). Among these factors, an important role can be played by the patient's awareness to understand the results        of            the          tests.

Author(s): Cesare Tosetti and Ilaria Nanni

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