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[Gnumed-devel] Re: test result = measurement ?

From: James Busser
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] Re: test result = measurement ?
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 22:11:30 -0700

(onto list)

On 17-Aug-08, at 12:35 AM, Karsten Hilbert wrote:

 test result = outcome of measurement

Measurement result = outcome (of the process / act) of measurement

Test result = outcome of the process of testing

I suppose measurement makes no a priori assumptions about the possible result. I suppose testing is by its nature hypothesis or purpose-driven (testing things to determine if they are normal or abnormal). So I suppose testing is something that is done *upon* measurements. And the result of the "test" is determined by referencing the measurement(s) against the criteria.

I suppose we are recording:

        - measurements (the values)
        - the criteria (normal ranges, or target ranges), when available
        - any abnormalilty indicator offered by the lab
        - clinician review as to the value's (ab)normalcy and importance

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