Patient satisfaction with point-of-care testing in general practice

Caroline O. Laurence, Angela Gialamas, Tanya Bubner, Lisa Yelland, Kristyn Willson, Phil Ryan, Justin Beilby, Group Point of Care Testing in General Practice Trial Management

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Background Point-of-care testing is increasingly being used in general practice to assist GPs in their management of patients with chronic disease. However, patient satisfaction and acceptability of point-of-care testing in general practice has not been widely studied. Aim To determine if patients are more satisfied with point-of-care testing than with pathology laboratory testing for three chronic conditions. Design of study As part of a large multicentre, randomised, controlled trial assessing the use of point-of-care testing in Australian general practice, satisfaction was measured for patients having pathology testing performed by point-of-care testing devices or pathology laboratories. Patients In the trial were managed by GPs for diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, and/or anticoagulant therapy. Method atient satisfaction was measured using level of agreement with a variety of statements at the end of the study with a patient satisfaction questionnaire for both the intervention and control groups. Analysis was performed using a mixed model analysis of variance (ANOVA) with allowance for clustering at the practice level following Box-Cox transformations of the data to achieve normality. Results Overall, Intervention patients reported that they were satisfied with point-of-care testing. In comparison with the control group, the intervention group had a higher level of agreement than control patients with statements relating to their satisfaction with the collection process (P<0.001) and confidence in the process (P<0.001). They also viewed point-of-care testing as strengthening their relationship with their GP (P = 0.010) and motivational in terms of better managing their condition (P<0.001). Conclusion The results from this trial support patient satisfaction and acceptability of point-of-care testing In a general practice setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number572
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Mar 2010


  • General practice
  • Patients
  • Point-of-care systems
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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