Understanding Lab Tests: Resources from NLM
Posted by Annette Parde-Maass on November 16th, 2017
Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Multilingual, National Library of Medicine News, Websites
Laboratory tests (often known as lab tests) check a sample of blood, urine, or body tissues, and then a technician or doctor analyzes the test samples to see if the results fall within a normal range. It may be difficult for patients to understand the purpose and results of lab tests, so the National Library of Medicine offers multiple resources (including resources in multiple languages) to help explain a wide variety of lab tests:
- Lab Test Information on MedlinePlus: Check the Lab Test Information section on MedlinePlus to learn about laboratory tests, including what the lab test is used for, why a doctor ordered it, how the test will feel, and what the results may mean. Select from a list of dozens of lab tests to learn more about each one. Find additional links to information about lab tests under the Laboratory Tests Health Topics page on MedlinePlus.
- Lab Test Information in Multiple Languages: Find links to handouts describing a variety of lab tests in 13 languages on MedlinePlus, or find patient materials about lab tests (including document, video, and audio) in multiple languages on HealthReach.
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