Potential for Medical Error: Incorrectly Completed Request Forms for Thyroid Function Tests Limit Pathologists' Advice to Clinicians (Original ARTICLES)

Potential for Medical Error: Incorrectly Completed Request Forms for Thyroid Function Tests Limit Pathologists’ Advice to Clinicians (Original ARTICLES)

Laboratory quality has been historically determined by the accuracy of the analytical phase. Following the development of high-quality analytical techniques, analytical error is no longer the main reason for error in the laboratory testing process. (1) Up to 68.2% of laboratory errors occur in the pre-analytical phase, (2) which refers to procedures performed neither in […]

Clinical Information Behavior of Rehabilitation Therapists: A Review of the Research on Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, And Speech-Language Pathologists (Report)

Clinical Information Behavior of Rehabilitation Therapists: A Review of the Research on Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, And Speech-Language Pathologists (Report)

INTRODUCTION Rehabilitation therapists–including occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs, also called physiotherapists), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs, also called speech therapists)–represent a growing proportion of health professionals and are central to health care delivery. As practitioners, rehabilitation therapists engage in information behavior: they identify information needs, decide whether or not to seek answers to these needs, […]

Functional Communication Training: The Role of Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts in Serving Students with Autism (Report)

Functional Communication Training: The Role of Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts in Serving Students with Autism (Report)

Introduction Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by significant impairments in language/communication, deficits in social interaction and restricted interests/ stereotypical behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Perhaps the most central of these impairments, especially in young learners, is the communication deficit. Learners with autism have difficulty in all aspects of communication, including receptive understanding, expressive language, […]

Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Individuals with Alzheimer's Dementia.

Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Individuals with Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an insidious neurodegenerative process that produces inexorable decline in intellectual functioning, is the leading cause of dementia and is creating the profession’s largest clinical population. As the multiple cognitive deficits exhibited by individuals with AD result in impaired communicative functioning, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a role in treating individuals with AD. In […]

Unsatisfactory Reporting Rates: 2006 Practices of Participants in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Gynecologic Cytology (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Survey)

Unsatisfactory Reporting Rates: 2006 Practices of Participants in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Gynecologic Cytology (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Survey)

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) assesses practice patterns using survey questionnaires sent to laboratories participating in CAP programs. Cervicovaginal cytology surveys have been used since 1994 and have evaluated practices related to implementation of the Bethesda System (TBS) terminology and reporting rates for interpretive categories used in Papanicolaou (Pap) testing. Benchmarks for unsatisfactory rates […]

Performance of Herpes Simplex Challenges in Proficiency Testing: Observations from the College of American Pathologists Proficiency Testing Program (Report)

Performance of Herpes Simplex Challenges in Proficiency Testing: Observations from the College of American Pathologists Proficiency Testing Program (Report)

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common sexually transmitted disease that may induce cytologic changes identifiable on Papanicolaou tests. The cellular changes of HSV include large multinucleated or mononuclear epithelial cells with “ground glass” nuclei, molding of the nuclei in multinuclear cells, with margination of the chromatin, or epithelial cells with dense eosinophilic intranuclear inclusions […]

Physician Satisfaction with Surgical Pathology Reports: A 2-Year College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks Study (Report)

Physician Satisfaction with Surgical Pathology Reports: A 2-Year College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks Study (Report)

The surgical pathology report (either printed or via electronic distribution) is the final product of surgical pathology laboratories. Elements necessary for quality in surgical pathology reports include accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. (1) Each of these elements can, and should, be measured separately to assess the quality of the surgical pathology laboratory and its product. However, […]