n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Cost-effective utilisation of basic biochemical laboratory investigations in primary care

Volume 30, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The current burden of care imposed on all practising physicians by the four colliding epidemics (lifestyle diseases, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, and trauma) in resource-constrained and low- to middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, has prompted the call for a paradigm shift in current medical practice. Unnecessary laboratory tests and consumer demand for certain tests have escalated in recent years, and have contributed to rising healthcare costs.

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