Speaker: Aasne Karine Aarsand (NO)
Moderator: Bill Bartlett (UK)
Date: 06-03-2018 at h. 18.00 CET
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Biological variation (BV) data has many appliances in the daily
laboratory life, being used both when evaluating the diagnosis and
monitoring of disease and for setting analytical performance
specifications. Thus, the quality of our work directly depends on the
reliability of the BV estimates used as basis for these processes.
Widely varying BV estimates are available for different measurands, and
it is likely that this may be caused by differences in study design and
statistical handling. Addressing this issue, the EFLM established in
2014 an EFLM Task and Finish Group (TFG) for the Biological Variation
Database. The TFG is made up by members from the EFLM Working Group on
Biological Variation, the Analytical Quality Commission of the Spanish
Society of Clinical Chemistry and experts in the area. The TFG has
developed a critical appraisal list for evaluation of studies on BV and
this will be used as basis for the setup of a database with measures of
BV, the derived performance specifications and the evidence behind it.
- Teacher: Aasne Aarsand