June 2007: Volume 33, Number 6
Voters Rate Lab Test Experience Favorably
Almost seven in 10 voters report having had a laboratory test in the past year, and 69% of these people report having a positive experience, based on a recent survey of 800 registered voters conducted on behalf of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA).
These findings were released in mid-April in conjunction with the ACLA’s launch of the national Results for Life campaign. The campaign is focused on publicizing the value of diagnostic testing to legislative officials, healthcare policymakers, and the national media. One of the campaign goals is to communicate how the clinical laboratory contributes to a healthcare system that places a high priority on prevention and early disease detection.
The survey also found that older voters—those age 55 and older—were more likely to report having a lab test done in the last year than voters ages 18–44. Women and voters with higher levels of education were also more likely to report having a lab test done in the last year.
Not surprisingly, the survey also found that most voters needed some context to form a positive opinion about clinical laboratories. After breaking voters into two groups, one was given no description about clinical laboratories, while the other was told they are where “tests are done on blood, urine and other biological specimens in order to get information about the health of the patient.” When asked for their opinion about clinical laboratories, the group provided with a description posted a 54% favorable response, compared to the 32% favorable response of the group who was not provided a description (See Graph above). However, there were few unfavorable responses from either group.
This ACLA survey was conducted on March 25–27 by Public Opinion Strategies (Alexandria, Va.). Additional information about the survey and the Results for Life campaign is available online.