Thyroid testing

Health Services Utilization and Research Commission
Record ID 31998008948
English
Authors' objectives:

This report examines the latest medical evidence on thyroid testing.

Authors' recomendations: The guideline recommends doctors investigating a patient's thyroid functioning begin by ordering only the sensitive thyroid stimulating hormone (sTSH) test. It advocates its use as the first diagnostic test of choice because of its high sensitivity and specificity and its ability to accurately diagnose both hyper- and hypo-thyroidism. Prior to the guidelines, doctors frequently ordered three different thyroid tests simultaneously: the sTSH, the total thyroxine (TT4), and the total triiodothyronine test (TT3). The guideline also recommended all labs in the province adopt a reflex testing protocol for thyroid testing.
Authors' methods: Overview
Details
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1992
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Thyroid Function Tests
Contact
Organisation Name: Health Services Utilization and Research Commission
Contact Address: Health Services Utilization and Research Committee Box 46, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8, Canada Tel: (306) 655-1500, Fax: (306) 655-1462
Contact Name: nisbetb@sdh.sk.ac. This organisation is now closed. Please see the Health Quality Council (HQC) website for further information at: http://www.hqc.sk.ca/.
Contact Email: nisbetb@sdh.sk.ac. This organisation is now closed. Please see the Health Quality Council (HQC) website for further information at: http://www.hqc.sk.ca/.
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