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Outside the Lab Profession, Clinical care

It’s Time to Talk

Pathology plays a key role in patient care – from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. But despite pathology’s importance, few patients are aware of the discipline. Knowing more about the laboratory empowers patients and improves their health, and patient-pathologist interactions can enrich the lives of both parties… so laboratorians should strive to make contact.

Patients’ lives depend on pathology. It is through accurate and timely diagnostics that medical teams are able to treat, manage, and even cure patients’ illnesses and maintain their health. Indeed, without accurate pathology and laboratory medicine systems, healthcare systems would fail, leading to enormous economic and personal losses (1,2,3). However, despite pathology’s critical role in high-quality patient care, most patients are unaware of what pathologists do and why they are so important (4).

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About the Authors

Jeffrey Myers

Jeffrey Myers is A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology, Pulmonary Pathology, Thoracic Pathology, and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.


Lotte Mulder

Senior Manager of Organizational Leadership and Patient Engagement at the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Michele Mitchell

Patient Adviser and Co-Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Pathology’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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