Table 1

Comparison of outcome oriented and experience based practice in microbiology

Outcome oriented practiceExperience based practice
Focus
• Rapid, simple methods• Conventional techniques
• Presumptive descriptive results• Complete investigation
• Clinically relevant reporting• “State of art” scientific reporting
• Better patient outcome at lower cost• Laboratory output
• Competitive service and utilisation control• Academic excellence
Concept
• “Duty of cure”• “Duty of care”
• Explicit, can be evaluated• Implicit, usually cannot be measured
• Relating to general rules or diagnostic pathways• Focused on a specific patient