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ABSTRACT: Method comparison is an important step of every verification and validation procedure in a laboratory setting. As the industry improves, old analyzers are often replaced with new ones. To ensure the reliability of laboratory results, and to prevent bias in patient results monitoring, proper laboratory method comparison should be made. Although the comparison of the two methods seems like a well-known part of verification protocol, still many operative challenges need to be addressed. Experimental steps, sample management, adequate statistical analysis and results interpretation according to limits of acceptance need to be thoroughly planned and approached. Limits of acceptance should be determined a priori and based on what is assumed clinically acceptable. A primary role of the laboratory is to minimize the amount of error so test interpretation, patient care, and consumer safety are not compromised.
In this presentation, the basic concepts of a method comparison study will be addressed. The main focus will be on the experimental protocol for comparison of quantitative methods, including remarks on statistical methods and results interpretation, and present an example of a method comparison experiment
ABOUT THE SPEAKER :
Dora Vuljanic has received her graduate education at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry at Zagreb University in 2012.-2017. Currently, she is a resident in Medical Laboratory Diagnostics, University Hospital “Sveti Duh” (Zagreb, Croatia). Dora is a member of the Education Committee and Working group for hematology of the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry. During her professional career, she has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts. She has experience as a member of the Organizing Committee of the 5th EFLM European Conference on Preanalytical Phase (Zagreb, 2019.). Her research activities focus on immunology, verification and validation studies.
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