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Point of Care Cholesterol Testing for Coronary Heart Disease: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Published on: May 24, 2011
Product Line: Rapid Response
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report


  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of POC testing versus laboratory testing for cholesterol testing to identify individuals at risk of CHD?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding cholesterol testing to identify individuals at risk of CHD?

Key Message

POC cholesterol testing may be suited for screening purposes as there is insufficient evidence to support that it can replace laboratory testing for diagnosis of CHD or that it has comparable clinical effectiveness. Evidence-based recommendations for cholesterol testing are outlined in select guidelines which are assessed for quality and limitations in this report.


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