The Quick Guide to Laboratory Statistics and Quality Control
provides instructions for medical laboratory scientists, quality assurance
specialists, and directors so they can develop, modify, and validate laboratory
instruments and assays to meet rigorous quality standards.
The Guide outlines ways of determining accuracy and precision among
assays, statistically validating them, and examining and establishing their
clinical efficacy. The Guide is also intended as a reference for product
support specialists so they can place and certify newly installed instruments
and purchased assays.
The Guide can be used to assist physicians, pharmacists, pathologists,
physician assistants, and medical fellows, residents, and students in
understanding how reliability is built into laboratory assays. Further, the
Guide provides a means by which laboratory data may be "mined" to develop
medical research data. The information contained in this Quick Guide also
clarifies laboratory assay utilization to help predict, diagnose, and monitor
therapy for clinical conditions and disease.