Controversies in Laboratory Medicine: A Series From the Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine

John R. Butterly, MD; Richard E. Horowitz, MD

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The Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM) is a new organization formed to engage the healthcare community in improving the use of laboratory tests and services. This series, brought to you by the IQLM, is intended to highlight issues and topics within the field of laboratory diagnostics that may have 2 or more points of view.

The Institute is unique. It is the only organization bringing together clinicians, laboratory professionals, patients, manufacturers, payers, government, and accrediting bodies to work on advancing substantial improvements in quality, effectiveness, safety, and appropriateness for the broad universe of laboratory testing. We hope that you find this series, published in Medscape General Medicine, equally unique and forthcoming in its multiview perspective on laboratory issues that affect us all.

The first articles in the series -- "Top 5 Issues that Irritate Physicians About the Laboratory vs Top 5 Issues That Irritate the Laboratory About Physicians" -- were written by John R. Butterly, MD, Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Executive Medical Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire; Associate Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, and by Richard E. Horowitz, MD, Senior Consulting Pathologist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, California; Clinical Professor of Pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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