Nisarat Opartkiattikul MD, PhD, FRCPath (Thailand)1 , Surasaak Muenpol Bsc (MT)2
Thawatchai Jaikamwang MD3
1Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, 2The Bureau of Laboratory Quality Standard,
3Chiang Rai Provincial Public Health Office
Received 20 April 2016 Accepted ; 14 May 2016
Background: The Bureau of Laboratory Quality Standards has published Thailand’s National Guidelines for
Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) since August 2015. Still yet, the implementation of the guidelines is a great
Material and Methods: Questionnaires derived from fifty-eight guidelines of the Thailand’s National Guidelines
for POCT were created to obtain the opinion towards the importance of the guidelines, the possibility to
implement and current compliances to estimate for the gap. Twenty-nine of the representatives from Chiang
Rai province which included fifteen medical technologists from community hospitals and fourteen non-laboratory
personnel from health promoting hospitals were invited to participate in the study.
Results: The obtained results showed that 89.1% of the representatives from the community hospitals agreed
with the importance of the guidelines, 85.4% thought it possible to implement, and 44.2% claimed present
compliance. Among the representatives from the health promoting hospitals, 66.6 % agreed with the importance
of the guidelines, 77.7% thought the guidelines possible to implement, 18.2 % claimed current compliance.
Conclusion: The obtained information is useful in planning for the implementation of the guidelines in Chiang
Rai province as well as the other provinces in Thailand.