Training of pathology laboratory technicians - a systematic review

Zuhair Mohammed A Mohammedsaleh, Colette Joy Browning, Shane Thomas

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The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic review of the training of technicians in pathology laboratories, as well as the current level of pathology technicians in the world. This paper follows the structure of the PRISMA model with slight modifications. The findings of the review indicate that recent developments such as increased application of molecular biology in pathology, ICT advancement, increased need for quality assurance, and the emergence of other important skills are some of the key factors influencing changes in the required skills and competencies for pathology technicians. These required skills and competencies are similar in all countries. However, there is a lower availability of skilled and competent pathology technicians than is needed. Among other impacts, this issue has contributed to an increased number of errors in pathology laboratories during recent years, and to the inability to implement new technology in the laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65 - 74
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Biology and Medical Science Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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