School of Medicine; Clinical Laboratory Operations, UMass Memorial Health; Department of Medicine; UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Program in Molecular Medicine
Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation | Diagnosis | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Virus Diseases
Point-of-care testing (POCT) is an emerging technology that provides crucial assistance in delivering healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the accelerated importance of POCT technology due to its in-home accessibility. While POCT use and implementation has increased, little research has been published about how healthcare professionals perceive these technologies. The objective of our study was to examine the current perspectives of healthcare professionals towards POCT. We surveyed healthcare professionals to quantify perceptions of POCT usage, adoption, benefits, and concerns between October 2020 and November 2020. Questions regarding POCT perception were assessed on a 5-point Likert Scale. We received a total of 287 survey responses. Of the respondents, 53.7% were male, 66.6% were white, and 30.7% have been in practice for over 20 years. We found that the most supported benefit was POCTs ability to improve patient management (92%) and that the most supported concern was that POCTs lead to over-testing (30%). This study provides a better understanding of healthcare workers' perspectives on POCT. To improve patient outcomes through the usage of POCT, greater research is needed to assess the needs and concerns of industry and healthcare stakeholders.
healthcare provider survey, point-of-care testing, rapid testing, UMCCTS funding
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Teebagy S, Wang Z, Dunlap D, Saleeba C, DiMezza D, Crain J, Lilly CM, Buchholz B, McManus DD, Hafer N. Understanding Healthcare Professionals' Perspectives on Point-of-Care Testing. Diagnostics (Basel). 2022 Feb 19;12(2):533. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics12020533. PMID: 35204622; PMCID: PMC8870944. Link to article on publisher's site
Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland)
Teebagy S, Wang Z, Dunlap D, Saleeba C, DiMezza D, Crain J, Lilly CM, Buchholz B, McManus DD, Hafer NS. (2022). Understanding Healthcare Professionals' Perspectives on Point-of-Care Testing. COVID-19 Publications by UMass Chan Authors. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics12020533. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/covid19/353
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