Order sets could serve as a form of decision support for laboratory testing. They could assist the physicians and their patient in making an informed decision on which tests to order for a given indication. Literature suggests that one in three ordered laboratory tests are inappropriate. Inadequate testing may influence quality of care negatively. Further research therefore is needed regarding the potential effects if order sets would be implemented in GP practice.
Also, there is evidence in literature suggesting that the use of order sets may reduce the amount of ordered lab tests, however there is no evidence as to whether such interventions would lead to more appropriate lab tests ordered by general practitioners.
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