Application of statistical process control to qualitative molecular diagnostic assays.
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:O'Brien CP, Finn SP, Application of statistical process control to qualitative molecular diagnostic assays., Frontiers in molecular biosciences, 1, 2014, 18
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Modern pathology laboratories and in particular high throughput laboratories such as clinical chemistry have developed a reliable system for statistical process control (SPC). Such a system is absent from the majority of molecular laboratories and where present is confined to quantitative assays. As the inability to apply SPC to an assay is an obvious disadvantage this study aimed to solve this problem by using a frequency estimate coupled with a confidence interval calculation to detect deviations from an expected mutation frequency. The results of this study demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and highlight minimum sample number requirements. Notably, assays with low mutation frequencies and detection of small deviations from an expected value require greater sample numbers to mitigate a protracted time to detection. Modeled laboratory data was also used to highlight how this approach might be applied in a routine molecular laboratory. This article is the first to describe the application of SPC to qualitative laboratory data.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Frontiers in molecular biosciences
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