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Arch Hellen Med, 38(3), May-June 2021, 305-312


Criteria in the determination of quality goals in a clinical laboratory

M. Stamouli,1 A. Mourtzikou,2 P. Karkalousos3
1Laboratory of Biochemistry, Naval and Veterans Hospital of Athens, Athens,
2"Attikon" University General Hospital, Haidari, Attica,
3Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, University of West Attica, Haidari, Attica, Greece

The health sector, in both the private and the public field, produces and provides health care services. The quality of health services is crucial and plays an essential role in the provision of these services, and quality control is mandatory. International standards, legislation, the institutional framework and guidelines all assist in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of quality management systems (QMS). In the clinical laboratory, the quality of the biochemical tests conducted is a part of the quality control and assurance systems. Each clinical laboratory sets its own goals, in order to implement and achieve a QMS. The quantification of laboratory performance and the evaluation of an implemented goal in QMS can be achieved by the use of quality indicators

Key words: Clinical decision limits, Health technology assessment, International vocabulary of metrology, Laboratory information system, Quality management system, Root mean square of measurement deviation.

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