Home testing kits – can you help network TV news show?

September 3, 2008

We've had a request from a national network TV news show who want to talk/film people who have had experiences – good and bad – with home testing kits, particularly for diabetes, cholesterol and liver function tests. If you know of anyone prepared to contribute to the item, please give full contact details, using this email.

In more detail, the programme researcher writes:

We’re especially keen to speak to people who:

  • Have done a number of these home tests; we’re interested to hear why people choose home testing over going to their GP, whether they’ve found the kits accurate, whether they’re value for money when you can be tested for free at your GP, whether the kits are easy to understand and whether the availability of home testing kits is  ‘encouraging’ people to worry more about ill health, or  simply empowering people to be more pro-active with their personal  health care.
  • Have had either a false positive or a false negative readings from  a home testing kit i.e. someone who has done a home test for, say  diabetes and the result has come back positive – however, when  the person was later checked out by their GP, the results were normal.  Or the other way round; the home test came back negative and the person  later discovered that they DID in fact have the illness they had tested for.

If you think you may be able to assist us, or would like to talk to us  about your experience then please get in touch as soon as possible.

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