Demand for a blood level testing service in an ambulatory geriatric population

T. R. Einarson, W. F. McGhan, J. L. Bootman, L. N. Larson, M. E. Gardner, E. W. Kligman

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A blood level testing service for serum potassium levels from a fingerstick blood sample was established in a community pharmacy. A total of 125 geriatric patients completed a questionnaire, indicated that they favored having blood tests available in community pharmacies, and that they would use such a service. To test willingness to pay, the service was offered for free during one week and for a $5 fee during the next week in two locations. Of the 125 subjects offered the service during the study, 61 (48.8%) actually had a blood test; 53 for free and 24 for the $5 fee. All 61 patients expressed satisfaction with the service and stated that they would use it again. The mean amount that they reported they would be willing to pay for the service was $15.39.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Geriatric Drug Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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