Objectives for the year 2000

J. Michael McGinnis*, Deborah C. Girasek, Christina Wypijewski

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The Healthy People 2000 initiative challenges the United States to improve the health profile of Americans through a prevention agenda targeting improvements in health status and health service delivery and reduction of risk for disease and disability. Clinical laboratories play an important role in achieving these national health goals and objectives. Many specific objectives directly target improved laboratory services, whereas others are fundamentally dependent on access to better laboratory services. The effectiveness of preventive services (i.e., screening tests, immunizations, and counseling) in reducing morbidity and mortality is well documented. In addition to ensuring quality laboratory services through accurate and reliable screening tests, a unique challenge for clinical laboratories is meeting the critical need for improving communication of complete and necessary laboratory information among laboratories, providers, and patients to enhance patient counseling. The challenges facing clinical laboratories as we approach the year 2000 are complex, but the commitment of the laboratory community is essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1552-1554
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Chemistry
Issue number8 PART 2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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