At-home diagnostic tests for common illnesses such as strep, flu, UTI, and anemia have the potential to change the way patients can control their own care, but you may wonder whether at-home diagnostic tests are as reliable as tests performed by healthcare professionals. Are non-professionals capable of administering tests easily and accurately?
A recent research study led by Pediatrics Service of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Medical Department confirms the answer is a resounding yes. The study set out to test their hypothesis that parents could successfully perform these tests at home. The study concludes that parents are capable of successfully performing at-home strep tests on their children.