Public Health Laboratories and Health System Change . Study Findings: Analytical Results


This section characterizes the impact of managed care and health market change on the practices of PHLs, and describes how PHLs are responding to uncertainties in the clinical laboratory marketplace. While our findings are based on information from all the sources described in the methods section, the poll of PHL directors has been particularly useful in quantifying answers to our fundamental questions. Findings from our literature review, case studies, and interviews with laboratory experts provide more qualitative, descriptive findings that complement the poll results.