Points of revision of the guideline JSLM 2012

Akira Suwabe, Masato Maekawa, Masahiro Koshiba, Hisashi Baba, Yoshitsugu Iinuma, Kenji Izuhara, Yasushi Furukawa, Yasuto Tanaka, Kengo Furuichi, Takashi Wada, Hiroshi Yoshida, Hideo Harigae, Naoki Watanabe, Isao Kitajima

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The revised version of the guideline JSLM 2012 was published in December 2012 by the Japanese Society of Laboratory Medicine. This version included new sections, such as blood gas analysis, sleep apnea syndrome, interstitial lung disease, liver and pancreas cancer, chronic kidney disease, acute kidney disease, gout and hyperuricemia, bone metabolism abnormality, malignant lymphoma, and rheumatoid arthritis. The guideline committee was composed of specialists in each field of internal medicine, who were responsible for selecting and requesting the authors and also in promoting and proofreading the manuscripts. In special program I at the 60th annual meeting, each specialist gave lectures concerning the points of the revision in their fields. The questionnaire surveys were performed using FAX or the Internet. Analysis of eighty-seven (2.5%) responses from 3,500 individuals/facilities, which were sent the guideline, revealed that this guideline was graded as excellent by 38 readers, fair by 42, and average by in 6. Significant opinions on the guideline were obtained from the readers, and they will be the bases for the next revision. The main subjects of this guideline were confirmed to be the residents and general physicians, by whom it is hoped the routine laboratory tests will be properly utilized. Therefore, based on the section of 'approach of the laboratory test results', which is a representative characteristic of this guideline, the sections of 'symptoms' will be fulfilled for the next version. This guideline needs to be periodically revised with advances in medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-709
Number of pages8
JournalRinsho byori. The Japanese journal of clinical pathology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 1


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