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Releasing Results to Patients

It is standing UCSF CLinical Lab policy that patients are not to be given their results directly:

Under code section 1288 of the California Business and Professions Code forbids Clinical Laboratories from directly releasing results to patients. Results MUST pass through the hands of the person authorized to order the test before they can be given to a patient. This prevents patients from misinterpreting test results and potentially taking unnecessary actions (or failing to take necessary actions) because of misinterpretation. It is standing policy for the UCSF Clinical Laboratories to not provide reports directly to patients in compliance with California regulations and laboratory staff are instructed to deny such requests and refer the patient back to his or her physician for their test results.

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