|2021, Cilt 19, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 219-225
The View of Clinicians to the Biochemistry Laboratory in the Covid-19 Pandemic
Muhammed Emin Düz1, Elif Menekşe1, Aydın Balcı2, Mustafa Durmaz3
1Amasya Üniversitesi Sabuncuoğlu Şerefeddin Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Tıbbi Biyokimya, Amasya, Türkiye
2Afyonkarahisar Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Hastalıkları, Afyon, Türkiye
3Merzifon Kara Mustafa Paşa Devlet Hastanesi, Tıbbi Biyokimya, Amasya, Türkiye
Keywords: clinical laboratory services; medical laboratory personnel; covid-19; clinicians
With the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians' expectations from laboratory professionals and the
desired test volumes have increased significantly. The specialist physicians do not sufficiently
understand the laboratory team's workflow struggling with the pandemic at the forefront, and there are
problems in communication. In the study, the extent to which clinicians understand the lab's labor and
the extent to which they have mastered the laboratory functioning were questioned.
Materials and Methods: The research was carried out through a survey, and 85 specialist physicians
from various state, training and research, and university hospitals across Turkey participated by filling
out the form on Google Forms contains 18 questions. Answers were evaluated in percentages.
Results: In general, it was determined that the clinicians did not have a command of analytical
processes and quality specifications of medical laboratories, did not make reasonable test requests, and
there was a communication gap between them and the laboratory. They stated that although they
underestimate biochemists' work, they prefer to work with biochemists who are medical doctors.
Conclusions: Understanding the workings of biochemistry and other medical laboratories by clinicians
will speed up analytical processes, reduce medical errors and facilitate mutual communication.