4102.2: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Direct Access to Testing: How Does It Affect Public Health?

With the advent of new technologies and the public interest in self care, there has been an increase in the availability and use of laboratory tests by consumers. The FDA has made some tests available for home use and analysis performed by the consumer. Specimens for other tests are simply collected at home and sent directly to a laboratory without going through a provider. Now some states allow and others are considering allowing consumers to directly order certain laboratory tests on themselves. This seminar will cover the personal health care, legal, ethical, and public health implications of this trend
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Burton W. Wilcke, PhD
Organizer(s):Ellen Meyer
12:30 PMAssuring Quality of Home Testing
Harvey George, PhD
12:50 PMEffects of Direct Access Testing on Surveillance
Alfred DeMaria, Jr, MD
1:10 PMEthical Implications of Direct Access to Testing
Speaker to be announced
Sponsor:APHA-Committee on Laboratory Standards and Practices

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA