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  • vitro
  • In general, this method of blood testing (in-vitro, out of body) vs skin-prick testing (in-vivo, in body) has a major advantage: it is not always necessary to remove the patient from an anthihistamine medication regimen, and if the skin conditions (such as eczema ) are so widespread that allergy skin testing cannot be done. (wikipedia.org)
  • history
  • 3 ] Although only a small minority of these lead to chronicity or serious disease, additional diagnostic testing is often done after history taking and physical examination. (biomedcentral.com)
  • often
  • For babies and very young children, a single needle stick for allergy blood testing is often more gentle than several skin tests. (wikipedia.org)
  • blood tests
  • General practitioners (GPs) frequently order blood tests when they see patients presenting with unexplained complaints. (biomedcentral.com)
  • The objectives of this study are (1) to determine the accuracy of blood tests in patients presenting with unexplained complaints in terms of detecting pathology, (2) to determine the accuracy of a watchful waiting strategy and (3) to determine the effects of a quality improvement strategy to promote the postponement of blood test ordering by GPs for patients with unexplained complaints. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Group 1 is instructed to order blood tests immediately, group 2 to apply a watchful waiting policy and group 3 also to postpone testing, but supported by our quality improvement strategy. (biomedcentral.com)
  • Primary outcome measures are the accuracy and added value of blood tests for detecting pathology, the effect of a 4-week postponement of test ordering on the blood test characteristics and the quantity of tests ordered. (biomedcentral.com)
  • negative
  • Control sera obtained from healthy donors with negative L.P.F. I1 or S.S.C. tests were also used. (docme.ru)
  • patient
  • This may result in unnecessary further testing, leading to unfavourable effects such as patient anxiety, high costs, somatisation and morbidity. (biomedcentral.com)
  • This may result in a chain of unnecessary further testing, which in turn might lead to patient anxiety, high costs, somatisation and a risk of serious side effects or even unnecessary morbidity. (biomedcentral.com)
  • disease
  • The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and predictive values of the tests in discriminating RA from non-rheumatoid arthritis and erosive from non-erosive disease after two years of follow up were determined and presented as receiver operating characteristic curves and post-test probability curves. (bmj.com)