Our Findings

Publications & Reports

Systematic Evidence Reviews

Please review the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices’ systematic review summaries: Evidence in Action. All articles may be viewed free of charge.

  • Anemia Management and Audit with Feedback Practices: Effectiveness of laboratory data to identify the cause of anemia and determine targeted treatment reduces overuse of red blood cell transfusion. Audit with feedback to healthcare professionals on their clinical performance across cases and services over specified periods of time improves the quality of patient care.

    Review completed January 2019

Also available in this Evidence in Action special section are a Preamble by Rob Christenson and a Commentary by Christopher Price.

Preamble: ‘Evidence in Action: The Laboratory Medicine Best Practice Initiative’ pdf icon[PDF – 156 KB]

Evidence in action; commentary pdf icon[PDF – 112 KB]

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

An article written by Colleen Shaw and Diana Mass, “Evidence to Practice: Building the Evidence for Quality Improvement in Laboratory Medicine pdf icon[PDF – 246 KB]“, appears in the Q3 Issue, 2012, of Clinical Leadership and Management Review, the flagship publication of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association.


LMBP Technical Report pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]: The complete Technical Report describing our revised methods and findings for three topic areas, patient specimen and identification, critical value reporting, and blood culture contamination, is now available. To read only the executive summary, click here pdf icon[PDF – 97 KB]. For the full report, click here pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB].

2008-2009 Status Report pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]: CDC commissioned The Lewin Group, under subcontract to Battelle Memorial Institute, to produce a comprehensive overview of the current state of laboratory medicine. The report provides a detailed overview of the key factors affecting laboratory medicine.

Phase 1 Final Report pdf icon[PDF – 819 KB]: This report summarizes the first two phases of the CDC/Battelle project. The report describes the initial development of a systematic, evidence-based approach for making best practice recommendations.

2007 Proficiency Testing Report pdf icon[PDF – 488 KB]: This report assesses proficiency testing (PT) in relation to the regulatory, educational, and quality improvement objectives of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.

LMBP in the News

ASCP Critical Values, October 2010 newsletter pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]: Susan Snyder discusses the importance of systematic evidence reviews in improving quality in laboratory medicine.

CAP Today, August 2010 pdf icon[PDF – 140 KB]: Paul Epner discusses the importance of systematic evidence reviews.

ASCP Critical Values, Jan 2010 Newsletter pdf icon[PDF – 4 MB]: Paul Epner provides an update of the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Project.

  • Cardiac Biomarkers and Other Practices

Review completed June 2015

Page last reviewed: August 1, 2019