Methods Inf Med 2000; 39(01): 88-92
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1634247
Original Article
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Evaluation of Techniques for the Presentation of Laboratory Data: Support of Pattern Recognition

J. O. O. Hoeke
1  Department of Clinical Chemistry, Dijkzigt University Hospital, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
B. Bonke
2  Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
R. van Strik
3  Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
E. S. Gelsema
4  Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Publication Date:
07 February 2018 (online)


Two tabular and two graphical techniques for the presentation of laboratory test results were compared in a reaction-time experiment with 22 volunteers. The experimental setup was designed to determine whether one or more of the presentation techniques facilitated the recognition of four predefined combinations of abnormal test results. Using a conventional, tabular presentation technique as a reference, faster median response times were obtained with each of the other three presentation techniques, irrespective of pattern. The effect on accuracy was less clear, possibly due to the small number of errors made.