The rise of cholesterol testing: how much is unnecessary?
Background: Laboratory testing has increased dramatically over recent decades, which is a consequence particularly of repeat testing or monitoring, as either a response to treatment or follow-up. Aim: To assess rates of measurement of lipid levels (total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, triglyceride) for diagnosis and monitoring over the last 20 years. Design of study: Audit of electronic database. Setting: A single region in the UK (Oxfordshire). Method: Specimens from individual patie...Expand abstract
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