The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners are working together on improving the safety of pathology reports as part of the Pathology Information, Terminology and Units (PITUS) project (

Because there is anecdotal evidence that existing variation in report formats has led to the misreading of results, some elements of the layout of pathology reports are being considered for standardisation.

In the survey that follows we ask you to indicate your preferences and the reason for each preference you selected. You can skip a question at any time. Please disregard the results shown, the examples are given only to demonstrate layout options. Some of the many design options have been excluded from those presented because of feedback received already.

The survey will be used in developing guidelines for pathology reporting and will be kept confidential. No information will be used for commercial gain.

Can you please answer the following questions by 30 March 2014?

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. You can go back and change your response at any point in the survey.

Note: The report format options are best seen on a computer screen rather than a smartphone.
3% of survey complete.