Self sampling device
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The simplification and miniaturization of diagnostic tests have allowed testing to be performed outside laboratories: physicians’ offices, pharmacies, clinics or event at home.
Diversity of patients and testing may result in different propensity for collection setting: HOME, point-of-care, hospital. “If near-patient and POC tests combined to a self-collection are utilized wisely as part of the clinical decision-making process, they have the potential to reduce the spread of disease. … “
It is common belief that self-sampling is a necessity which responds to needs of all the involved parties. From patients‘ standpoint, there may be practical and organizational barriers (i.e. travel, logistic and childcare issues, work commitments, etc.), emotional barriers (ie. Embarrassment, fear of discomfort, etc.) cultural factors all of which find positive and useful aspects into the self-collection.
Plenty of data demonstrate accuracy and very good agreement between self-sampling and physician sampling which led many health program commitees to adopt it: such decision resulted for health initiatives to increase campaign attendance rate and that is why it is unanimous saying that Self-collected specimens can increase the success of screening.