The aim of the study was to develop a computer-based system for measuring workload in a department of histo- and cytopathology using routine registration of a minimum dataset. A group with representatives from the laboratory technicians, the pathologists and the secretaries defined 18 types of specimens. By studying each step of specimen processing it was shown, that 14 items for technical details could cover all the work done in the department. This information was collected in a computer-based system connected to the hospital network. The measurement of workload is essential for the efficient management of laboratory services. The registration of specimen types and a minimum dataset for specimen processing describes the work done in a department of histo- and cytopathology.
Comment In: Ugeskr Laeger. 1997 Jun 9;159(24):3798-99214058