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Point of Care Testing

Content developed by Clarity Informatics,

Content developed by Dr Gerry Morrow MB ChB, MRCGP, Dip CBT

Medical Director Clarity Informatics and Editor, Clinical Knowledge Summaries


Point of care testing can provide evidence to confirm the presence or absence of disease, or to monitor and advise patients with long term conditions – but with every test comes the responsibility to use the results to deliver the best patient care.


After working through this module, you will be able to:

  • Define point of care testing
  • Discuss why this may be undertaken in primary care
  • Describe the ideal characteristics of a point of care test
  • Define sensitivity and specificity and discuss their importance
  • Examine the potential future of point of care testing
  • Describe the available tests for COVID-19 and their limitations.

This resource is provided at an intermediate level. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.