For blood test results, patients can talk to the laboratory that conducted the test, according to the CMS-CDC-OCR rule amending the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, as of June 2014. However, to discuss the blood test results, patients should talk to their physicians, suggests the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
The doctor who ordered the tests understands the results, specifically in relation to the individual patient, and can use them alongside other elements such as medical history and other specific test-altering factors to diagnose the problem and set the appropriate course of action, explains the AACC. However, if the doctor uses unfamiliar terms, websites such as LabTestsOnline.org, which is run by AACC, and Cigna.com, run by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, both provide further information related to a wide range of laboratory tests and associated terms. The information provided on the websites includes definitions of the terms often used when explaining results, including false-positive, false-negative and reference range.
Using such a site can provide additional information to help the patient form questions to ask the doctor on a follow-up visit, including what results the tests showed and how the results affect further treatment options, explains the Center for Advancing Health.