Primary Insights: now with a more clinical focus

You see a broad mix of patient types and treat a wide range of conditions, requiring information on a case-by-case, patient-by-patient basis.

That’s why Quest Diagnostics has updated Primary Insights to provide you with clinical insights that can help you support organizational guidelines for all patient, visit, and condition types. You can also still access resources for improved practice management and patient engagement.
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Tackling the polypharmacy problem in chronic care management

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Research has shown that prescribing for older patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) often leads to medication regimens that are complicated, difficult to adhere to, and contain multiple drug-drug and drug-disease interactions.1 Polypharmacy, the use of multiple medications, is a particular concern for older patients with MCCs and their clinicians; the greater the number of medicationsprescribed, the greater the likelihood that issues will be present.

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Insulin resistance assessment: a powerful tool for inspiring change

You’ve seen hundreds of patients like him: late fifties, not as active as he used to be, gaining about 5 pounds a year the past few years. He’s a nonsmoker and complains of fatigue. His family has a history of diabetes and heart disease, but to date his labs have been unremarkable save for slightly elevated LDL-C (103 mg/dL). His LDL-C hasn’t concerned you because his HDL-C is quite good (82 mg/dL) and his triglyceride level is well within standard range (93 mg/dL). His glucose and HbA1c are normal.

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Drug misuse: is there something your patient isn’t telling you?

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Your patient, a 56-year-old male, has come to see you complaining of lower back pain. It’s been 4 months since you prescribed hydromorphone for his pain, and up until now follow-up has been very positive: he has reported pain relief at each required monthly checkup. Now he’s back prematurely, 2 weeks before his next scheduled monthly visit. Learn more

Get a better grip on rheumatoid arthritis

You enter the exam room and greet your patient, a 38-year-old mother of three, including a 1-year-old boy she has with her today. She’s asked to see you because she’s been experiencing pain and tenderness in her wrist joints for several months. She had rationalized the pain by attributing it to toting her baby around and “approaching 40,” but her husband urged her to have it checked out. Learn more

Sensitivity or allergy? Know more with allergen component testing.

You’ve seen it many times before: a patient presents with a possible food allergy. He points to a recent reaction—itchiness and vomiting—after eating a cookie containing Brazil nuts, his first encounter. Now he wants to know whether he’s sensitive to the nut, allergic, or if it is something else altogether. Learn more

Practice advancement: a multimarker strategy for CVD risk stratification

How many patients are you treating for heart disease or its warning signs, e.g., hypertension or hyperlipidemia? You probably know the number or have a general sense. Now, here’s the harder question: how many of those patients are at higher risk of their disease progressing or of having a heart attack or stroke? In other words, which patients should you be monitoring more closely?

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