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Clinical Laboratory Management, Second Edition

Editor: Lynne S. Garcia1
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Affiliations: 1: Editor in chief, LSG & Associates, Santa Monica, California;
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2014

Category: Clinical Microbiology

Volume Editor: Lynne Shore Garcia, LSG & Associates

This totally revised second edition is a comprehensive volume presenting authoritative information on the management challenges facing today’s clinical laboratories.

  • Provides thorough coverage of management topics such as managerial leadership, personnel, business planning, information management, regulatory management, reimbursement, generation of revenue, and more.
  • Includes valuable administrative resources, including checklists, worksheets, forms, and online resources.
  • Serves as an essential resource for all clinical laboratories, from the physician’s office to hospital clinical labs to the largest commercial reference laboratories, providing practical information in the fields of medicine and healthcare, clinical pathology, and clinical laboratory management, for practitioners, managers, and individuals training to enter these fields.

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 Doody's Review Service

02 February 2015

 **Description**

This weighty tome is truly a complete and up‐to‐date reference for clinical laboratory management.

**Purpose**

The purpose is to provide "comprehensive, practical information and guidelines for healthcare management in the 21st century." These worthy objectives are well met by this book.

**Audience**

The book is intended for anyone involved in clinical laboratories, from students to medical, clinical laboratory scientists, pathology or laboratory medicine residents. It should also be of interest to administrators in healthcare organizations or anyone in healthcare‐related businesses to gain insight into the complexities of effectively managing a clinical laboratory.

**Features**

First of all, this book is the size and weight of ASM's Manual of Clinical Microbiology back when it was a single volume, or Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods, 22nd edition, McPherson and Pincus (Elsevier, 2011) or Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 5th edition, Burtis et al. (Elsevier,2012) ‐‐ over 1,000 pages, and every page is worthwhile. This is the book to burrow into if you really want to learn clinical laboratory management. It covers all aspects in substantial detail, and I am not aware of another similar book in this field. There is a lot of really valuable information. The section on managerial leadership with chapters on motivating through intelligent leadership, effective meetings, and conflict management make me wish I had this during residency to use as a foundational reference instead of having to learn all this on the job over the past few decades. The sections on financial management, generation revenue, profitability, contribution and reimbursement ‐‐ where else would you find this information specifically for clinical laboratories and all in one place? And the final section, on the future of clinical laboratories with major contributions from Paul Bachner and Des Burke, legends in laboratory medicine, sharing their perspectives? Of course, with Lynne Garcia as editor in chief, this book meets her exacting standards for excellence. Many of the chapters come with very instructive case studies which I used to reality‐check my own management style. The chapter on performance appraisals and competency assessment has fantastic forms.

**Assessment**

All in all, this is a wonderful book. Sorry to say, I was unaware of the first edition. Meanwhile, I highly, highly, highly recommend this edition for anyone with any laboratory management responsibility. It is simply superb.

Weighted Numerical Score: 89 ‐ 3 Stars

Doody's Review Service

Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)

Review Date: February 2014

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