Laboratory studies for every medicated outpatient: are they really necessary?

D. Ornston, M. Schwartz, D. C. Smith, S. Stern

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Although laboratory tests are useful in some cases the authors question the value of routine blood studies for every patient who takes psychotropic medication. They report results of a questionnaire distributed to all members of their local psychiatric society concerning usual practice among psychiatrists in regard to laboratory tests. Summarizing the arguments for and against routine laboratory studies for all outpatients, they conclude that routine studies provide little useful information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-714
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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