What is point-of-care testing?

Point-of-care testing refers to pathology testing performed in a clinical setting (such as a family practice) at the time of patient consultation, generating a test result that is used to make an immediate informed clinical decision. Point-of-care testing is one of the fastest growing fields of diagnostic pathology globally. In the past decade, point-of-care testing has devolved rapidly away from the hospital sector and is now firmly embedded within the primary care setting (including family practices). Point-of-care testing devices have now become smaller, simpler to use, require very small sample volumes, utilise improved and highly sophisticated measurement and detection systems, and are equipped with connectivity capability to ensure electronic capture and transfer of test results. As more and more point-of-care testing devices and test systems become available on the global market for the detection and management of chronic, acute and infectious diseases, it is important that family doctors have a sound knowledge and awareness of the scope and application of available devices, as well as their benefits and limitations.

The WONCA Special Interest Group on Global Point-of-Care Testing provides a forum for family doctors of all countries to meet, discuss, learn about, promote, advocate and research the clinical utility and effectiveness of point-of-care testing. The Special Interest Group believes that point-of-care testing can provide WONCA with a new and innovative subtheme of service delivery, education, training and collaborative research activity. The Special Interest Group will provide the leadership and direction to realise the benefits of this technology for interested WONCA family doctors.

Who should complete this survey?

The purpose of this survey is to obtain a wide understanding of the clinical use, availability, needs, advantages, and limitations or barriers to the implementation of point-of-care testing across all WONCA regions of the world. This information will inform the Special Interest Group Secretariat on priorities for education and research. We welcome responses from all family doctors and health professional staff with an interest in point-of-care testing.

In which WONCA region do you practice primarily?
In which country do you practice primarily?
What is your profession?