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Old 04-14-2011, 05:30 AM   #1
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Lab work and result.

Just curious what the general consensus is with most doctors when they recieve lab results back on a patient. Does your doctor call with the results only if its abnormal results? Or with normal and abnormal? or none at all......? There has been some information on this where people are not finding things out they should be when they should be.

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Re: Lab work and result.

Hi some doctor's offices are better than others. Some have an excellent reputation and others don't and the results for labs and whether or not it gets back to a person is partly dependent very likely on how well the staff works and how good the doctor is at perceiving how good the help is, in my opinion. It probably is a good idea for the patient to check this information himself in case a staff member messed up. Of course no one is 100% perfect and so human error is likely sooner or later with likely 100% of us.

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Re: Lab work and result.

I always go and get my own results. I just bring my license for ID and they have to give them too me. Where I LOVE my doctor, sometimes things are missed. Plus, I personally like to keep a file. It helps me to see what "normal" is for me....and it assures me that I will always know if something is amiss in case anything important gets overlooked.

I have seen and heard of other offices totally missing something critical and the patient NOT getting a call when they should. Just be prepared to try to not interpret things yourself. I am used to my blood results to a point. If you are someone that may get upset or better said, do better getting the results from the doctor...that may be better.
Again, for me, I always get my own copies. Plus waiting and wondering can be really hard.

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Re: Lab work and result.

If you are asking about test results from an annual physical, I normally go for lab work 7-10 before my appointment so the results are available at the time of my appointment and we can go over them together.

If asking about lab work when ill, then yes, they should call you. I would call them if I didn't hear back.

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Re: Lab work and result.

If I go for my annual blood work my Dr. has a copy set to me and if anything is out of the ordinary she calls and discusses it. If it is something urgent, they call as soon as the results are in.

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