Just Google “white papers on pregnancy testing” and you’ll know instantly how confusing it can be. Here’s a short list of white papers that healthcare professionals may find useful:
“Performance of qualitative urinary hCG assays”
More can be found here. This study shows the variety of performance issues being seen today in the filed with urine-based pregnancy tests.
“Substituting whole blood for urine in bedside pregnancy test”
More can be found here. This study concludes that blood may be used with accuracy “similar to, or greater than, that of urine.”
“Accuracy and speed of urine pregnancy tests done in the emergency department: a prospective study”
More can be found here. The paper is several years old, but it’s interesting because it shows the importance of bringing pregnancy testing closer to the patient. Essentially, the study compares ED staff performing pregnancy tests at the bedside vs. a typical lab test. They look at test performance in general and the effect on test turnaround time (TAT).
“Embryonic development and pregnancy test sensitivity: the importance of earlier pregnancy detection”
More can be found here. I included this paper because early detection is just one of the things we take as a given. It’s interesting to see some of the early data supporting the many awareness campaigns that we’re so used to seeing promoting healthy pregnancies for healthy babies.
More can be found here. If you’re new to the world of point of care testing, or pregnancy diagnosis, this one is very informational.
If you want even more information on pregnancy testing, see our previous post about a whole blood pregnancy test.