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Tips from the Laboratory Scientist: Help Me, Help You

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Published on February 4, 2015

Blood test results are commonly abbreviated. And while the acronyms and coding may have little meaning to us, they reveal a great deal about body function to our doctors. Patient Power contributor, Dr. Susan Leclair, a laboratory scientist with over 40 years of experience, cautions patients on asking the right lab test questions and what questions may be more appropriate for your healthcare provider. 

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Transcript | Tips from the Laboratory Scientist: Help Me, Help You

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Dr. Leclair:

 Hi, I’m Susan Leclair from the University of Massachusetts Darmouth, Department of Medical Laboratory Science. And I want to thank you all for sending in all your questions. Some of them I’m going to try and interweave into the actual formal presentation, so you’re not going to actually hear and so-and-so sent to me this question, because it will be part of the presentation where others I will address more directly.

But I do have to caution you I am not a physician. And even if I were, I do not have the access to all of the information that your physician has got—your history, your family’s history, your current status, what meds you’re on. This is going to sound a little strange, but don’t send me questions that put me in a situation of having to say to you I can’t answer that. You need to talk about those kinds of questions with your physician. And as I think I’ve said several times, if they’re embarrassing questions—you and I notice that some of them could be—write them down and just hand the piece of paper over to your physician or to your other healthcare providers. It’s a better way. They have much more information than I do about you, personally, and so they can give you a personalized specific answer to you. Is that a deal? Thanks.

So now that I’ve told you not to send me questions, send me questions, questions that I can answer, questions that people might be able to learn a significant amount of material from to questions@patientpower.info. And remember, knowledge can be the best medicine of all. Thank you.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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