Test Selection and Interpretation Guide

Welcome to the Test Selection and Interpretation Guide. This Guide provides information relating to test selection, utilization, and interpretation. The Guide is continually updated by adding new information and modifying posted information. All information is based on peer-reviewed publications, practice guidelines, or other reputable sources and is intended to be without promotional considerations.

Included in the Test Selection and Interpretation Guide are 6 types of documents:

Test Highlights button Test Highlights provide a review of clinical use and background, methodology, and interpretive information pertaining to a specific test.
 
Test Summary Test Summaries provide a review of clinical use and background, individuals suitable for testing, methodology, interpretive information, and references pertaining to a specific test.
 
Test Guide button

Test Guides provide testing algorithms and/or other information to assist in appropriate test selection or utilization.

 

Clinical Focus button Clinical Focuses provide information about a specific disease or condition. It includes a brief clinical background and a description of individuals suitable for testing. Additionally, it provides detailed information on test availability and test selection and interpretation. The document is fully referenced.
 
White Paper button White Papers provide information pertaining to tests, diseases, or conditions. Some include a summary of a clinical practice guideline. There is no particular format for these papers.
 
Interpretive Guide button

Interpretive Guide documents have been extracted from a manual that provides test information related to a specific clinical specialty (eg, endocrinology). These pages include a brief review of the clinical use and background, method used, and conditions in which test results may be increased or decreased. Each document pertains to a specific test.
 

The Test Selection and Interpretation Guide also includes testing algorithms that may help with test selection when diagnosing or managing a condition. They are organized intuitively by specialty, condition, or specific test and can be accessed in several ways:

  1. Browse for algorithms related to a clinical specialty.
    Browse for algorithms related to a clinical specialty
     
  2. Search using a keyword and select the “Algorithm” tab to review search results. When “algorithm” is used as the search term, results list all available algorithms.
    Search using a keyword
     
  3. From the test overview page, click on the “Algorithm” tab to view algorithm(s) related to that test. Note that if there are no related algorithms, the tab will not be displayed.

    From the test algorithm page click on the algorithm tab