Aims The JAK2 V617F mutation is highly recurrent in many of the myeloproliferative neoplasms, a molecular variant that can be easily detected using sensitive and minimally invasive techniques. Given the ease of JAK2 V617F testing, this test may be improperly requested for the purposes of patient ‘screening’ and to optimise laboratory resource utilisation, it behooves clinicians and laboratorians to perform JAK2 V617F testing only when most appropriate.
Methods To assist with the screening of patients being considered for JAK2 V617F testing, we developed a clinical decision rule, “JAK2-tree”, which can be easily applied to basic CBC parameters (haemoglobin, platelet and white blood cell counts).
Results We tested JAK2-tree on two independent datasets, one an unselected population-based sample (the Copenhagen General Population Study) and the other an historical clinical laboratory referral set, with sensitivities for JAK2 V617F detection of 91% and 94%, respectively. As applied to the historical laboratory referral dataset, moreover, the JAK2-tree algorithm would have reduced JAK2 V617F testing volume over the period of evaluation by 15%.
Conclusions Our work supports a simple decision-tree-based screening approach to optimize the selection of patients most appropriate for JAK2 V617F testing.
- myeloproliferative disease
- clinical audit
- laboratory tests
- molecular pathology
- laboratory management
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Handling editor Prof Mary Frances McMullin.
Contributors This project was conceived by MTSR, FK, GS and EM, with CLS data procurement facilitated by TL. The Copenhagen Population Study was led by KMP, YÇ and SEB. Current data analysis was facilitated by KMP. The manuscript was largely written by EM with the assistance of KMP. All authors reviewed and approved of the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Not required.
Ethics approval The Copenhagen General Population Study was approved by the Herlev and Gentofte Hospital and by a Danish ethical committee (approval number: H-KF-01-144/01).
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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