The analytical goals inferred desirable by a group of clinicians for the imprecisions of a wide range of analytes have been studied by survey. The goals required have not in general become more stringent in the past decade and are not as demanding as those promulgated by laboratory professionals. Clinical biochemistry laboratories can now attain analytical imprecisions which satisfy the general demands of clinicians except for analyses of calcium and of low levels of glucose. The lack of published data on analytical goals does not allow wide comparison of criteria for performance standards with the results of this study.
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