Public relations (PR) and information to patients are key goals of the Dutch Society of Clinical Chemistry (NVKC). In this paper several initiatives will be discussed that have been undertaken to meet this statement. The Wikipedia project is one of those initiatives in which information concerning clinical chemistry is added or revised to the Dutch version of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Over 100 tests and items of clinical chemistry have been added or revised and are recognized as a separate category within this online encyclopaedia. Statistical analysis showed an increase in the number of visitors to these articles of Wikipedia. Furthermore, by adding and improving the available information, the quality of the information provided online is enhanced. In conclusion: the attribution of health care professionals to this public domain leads to enhanced access of high quality information for the main public to clinical chemistry in general and to specific laboratory blood tests.

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