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Our Aims

Our purpose was to develop European-wide agreement on Standards for the systems-based management of investigation requests and results handling which can be shared and implemented for improvement.

Specifically, we aimed:

• To identify and disseminate the most up-to-date evidence of the key threats to patient safety associated with systems-management of test investigation requests and subsequent results handling at the interface between primary and secondary care settings.
• To develop pan-European Consensus Statements on Standards for the management of clinical investigation requests and subsequent results handling in primary care.
• To develop and pilot test interventions to A. Enhance the reliability of systems to manage investigation requests and results, and B. To develop consensus with EU colleagues on this work taking into account national contexts

The original European element of the work is now completed. However this is a very important but complex area of practice, and so development and testing work is now continuing in the NHS Scotland context.